SHAH ALAM: LCS induction year end. RMN chief Adm Reza Sany today said that the navy is expected to induct the first two LCS by year end. This is wonderful news indeed compared to what we have been told last year. However as I was not able to able to attend the function at Jalan Padang Tembak today I am not able to say what “induction” really meant.
Anyhow, Reza in his new year message – the copy of which was made available to Malaysian Defence – outlined four main thrusts of the service, namely boosting the fleet readiness, rebuilding it based on the 15 to 5 plan, enhancing jointness and preparing the manpower for the future.
To boost the RMN fleet readiness, Reza said that all four ships of the 24 Corvette Squadron will be made operational from the two currently within this year. The same will be done for the 26th Mine Hunting Squadron with all four ships (Mahamiru class) be returned to full operational capabilities by next year. Work on the two mine hunters in storage will start as soon as possible.
He also said that modifications will be made to the Kedah class and fast attack craft squadrons to ensure they are fully capable undertaking their assigned tasks. The refitting and modifications are aimed at ensuing the RMN fleet are at 75 per cent readiness rate by 2020.
As for the rebuilding plan, Reza said they are working to ensure that RMN will have a credible fleet by 2030. The navy he said was also preparing to take delivery of the two China made LMS by September this year. RMN was also preparing to claim compensation for the late delivery of the LCS.
The service was also working to ensure the funding for the new helicopters are secured and planned acquisition of the MRSS.
Reza said of all these was aimed to ensure that the RMN slogan “We Exist Because Of The Fleet” was not just a rhetoric but priority in all consideration.