KM Bagan Datuk

SHAH ALAM: DS Rosmah Mansur officially launched the first NGPC today and named the ship, KM Bagan Datuk. The ceremony for the newest ship to join the MMEA service was conducted at the Destini Shipyard at Port Klang, just over a year after her keel laying on Nov. 18, 2015.

Rosmah was accompanied by her husband, DS Najib Razak, in the ceremony to break the labu sayong marking the entry of Bagan Datuk service with MMEA. Traditionally, women have always been the one to launch or commission a ship.

MMEA DG Adm Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar being interviewed shortly before the launching and naming ceremony of KM Bagan Datuk. MMEA

The Prime Minister in his speech earlier said although the MMEA had some 255 ships in service from 59 at its inauguration in 2006, the agency’s leadership continue to ask for new ships. He said it was because of the continuous appeal, he had decided to approve the allocation for the NGPC and also the OPV.

“With a maritime area of 614,155 square kilometres and the nation’s strategic geographic location, it important for us to ensure the safety, integrity and sovereignty are intact,” said Najib.

Najib later visited KM Pekan, which had arrived from Japan on Tuesday. Both Bagan Datuk and Pekan are scheduled to take part at LIMA 17, next week.

— Malaysian Defence

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