SHAH ALAM: LMS Steel Cutting this week. The steel cutting ceremony for the first of class LMS is to be held this week. RMN chief Adm. Kamarulzaman Badaruddin confirmed this to Malaysian Defence when met at Lumut for the decommissioning ceremony for KD Mutiara on Friday (July 20, 2018).
“I am going to China next week for the eremony” he says when asked on the status of the LMS and when the keel laying ceremony will be held. The first ship will be delivered by next year, he added without saying the exact day of the ceremony nor its location.
It is likely the ceremony will be held at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. shipyard in Wuhan. Apart from BNS engineers, 12 RMN personnel have been sent to the Wuchang shipyard late last year to oversee the final design and construction of the two LMS to be build there.
A CGI of the LMS.
He was asked whether the LMS project was subjected to the review announced by Tun Mahathir Mohamad shortly after assuming office as the seventh Prime Minister following the May 9 general election.
The latest China made LMS model
Mahathir announced a review of projects planned saying his government needed to ensure those pending or approved by the previous administration were above board and cost effective.
An earlier CGI of the LMS. TLDM picture
Kamarulzaman says contracts already signed would go ahead despite the review.
On 23 March 2017 , BHIC signed two formalised a contract worth RM1.17 billion with the Ministry of Defence to supply four units of Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) in collaboration with a partner shipyard in China. All three signings were witnessed by Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein
The current plan is to build 18 LMS as part of the RMN 15 to 5 transformation plan. Whether or not the plan to build the other 14 will be carrried out following the review is beyond me.
#An earlier version of the story says keel laying ceremony. I was informed that it will only be a steel cutting ceremony instead with the keel laying to be held at another time
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