SHAH ALAM: The RMN, it appears, has decided that its fast combat boat fleet will from now on be painted in a camouflage scheme. Two of the Combat Boat 90 HEX (CB90) which had undergone the refit and repowering programme, recently, has been in a green and grey camouflage scheme. The CB90s were previously painted in an all-grey finish.
The first one to be delivered back to the RMN was CB90 -212 – had undergone a routine refit and repowering at the Kinabalu North Shipyard and Maritime Sdn Bhd, in Kota Kinabalu where she was painted in the new camouflage. The second was CB90 -214- which underwent the same work at the Sandakan Jaya Teknik Sdn Bhd, Sandakan.
According to the RMN Eastern Command’s Maintenance Supervision Unit, the camouflage scheme will give a more aggressive (lebih garang) look to the combat boats which are used for variety of roles from interception operations as well as search and rescue; patrol; medical evacuation; transport and utility work.
To me at least, the camouflage paint does not make them more aggresive than before. To me the best way to make the CB90s or other FICs look aggresive, is to mount as many guns as possible on them. This “dont thread on me” aggresive look are the image of the heavily armed riverine boats of the US military – which are also variants of the CB90s.
It is likely that all CB90s will also be painted in the new camouflage scheme when they undergo their routine refit programme. I have been told the second batch of the Gading Marine Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) will also be painted in a camouflage scheme.
The FICs which were delivered courtesy of Ops Benteng will also be painted in camouflage when they undergo their refit.
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