SHAH ALAM: The launch of the first New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) has been delayed. In the previous post, I reported that the ceremony will be held this month. Read Here.
However, I have been informed that it will be delayed indefinitely. There is nothing wrong with the ship, its just they cannot get the VIPs to come for the ceremony next week. As this was supposed to be the launch of the first of the class, Destini Bhd – the shipbuilder and APMM – the client – wanted it to be a grand affair but it was not to be for the moment.
I was wary whether they could hold the ceremony when I was first informed of the dates. With various official events already lined up during the dates – the ascension of the King being one – and also of the unpredictable weather – I was worried that the launch ceremony would have to make way for something. That was the reason I chose to be hazy on the launch date and simply stated it as “next month”.
It is likely the launch ceremony will be held in the new year either January or February. Whether or not this will have any affect on the signing of the contract for the three OPVs that APMM is getting is beyond me.
In its post on Nov. 18, the team posted pictures and graphic of the progress of the LCS (see below). The post stated that seven of 18 blocks of the first ship had been fitted on the keel line. As we find out from the Egypt Gowind project, the PSIM block – which holds the radar and other sensors – will only be installed once the ship had been launched.
Based on the Twitter post, I am guessing that the ship will only be launched by October, next year, if the VIPs could be persuaded to attend the ceremony. I could be wrong of course.
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