SHAH ALAM: All ahead, LCS. It appears that the RMN is preparing for the resumption of the LCS project. Yesterday, it announced First Admiral Franklin Jeyasekhar Joseff assumed command of the LCS project team from Captain Abdul Jamal Mohd Nasir.
Majlis Serah Terima Tugas Ketua Pengarah Projek Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) di antara Kept Hj Abdul Jamal bin Mohd Nasir TLDM dan Laksamana Pertama Ir. Ts. Franklin Jeyasekhar Joseff telah disaksikan oleh Asisten Ketua Staf Perancangan Pembangunan, Laksamana Muda Mohamad Azuwan bin Harun.
RMN did not announced Abdul Jamal’s appointment when the previous LCS director, First Admiral Shaiful Bahari Baharuddin was promoted as the head of the RMN’s Logistics Department in January, this year. Perhaps it did but I did not notice it.
Both of Shaiful Bahari and Abdul Jamal are also engineers like Franklin. Just like previous RMN’s LCS team directors including the current RMN chief engineer, Rear Admiral Shaiful Adli Chung Abdullah and Captain (retired) Azhar Jumaat. Azhar was of course the second Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) LCS project director and currently the CEO of the shipyard which build the LCS of course. Even the first BNS LCS director Anuar Murad, was the RMN chief engineer before he left the service with the rank of Captain.
It is also interesting to note that the handing-over ceremony of the LCS project team head was witnessed by the RMN assistant chief of staff for development, Read Admiral Mohamad Azuwan Harun, who was also one of the LCS project team director at one time. Azuwan was formerly the commanding officer of KD Lekiu and KD Laksamana Tun Abdul Jamil before his promotion as a flag officer.
Even though, the RMN is getting geared for the resumption of the project – supposedly early next year – Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation, the owner of BNS has yet to appoint a new project director. Perhaps Azhar, the CEO of BNS will do double duty. It may well be prescient as Pakatan Harapan’s anointed Prime Minister, DS Anwar Ibrahim has stated that it is better to scrap the LCS project. That said it remained to be seen whether he will follow up this up if his coalition wins Putrajaya this Saturday.
*updated on November 16 to correct both Shaiful and Abdul Jamal as engineers.
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