LUMUT: Dry launch for LCS. RMN’s first of class LCS 1 is all set for her launch and naming ceremony, tomorrow (Aug 24, 2017). The ship will be launched and named by Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim at the Boustead Naval Shipyard, here.
The ceremony is not expected to be like the US Navy Freedom class LCS which will be launched sideways into the waterways adjacent to the shipyard. The two RMN training ships, Gagah and Teguh Samudera were named and launched stern first in 2012 and 2013, respectively but both have yet to be commissioned into service.
Maharaja Lela sitting on a platform, was lowered just shy off the waters of the dockyard. She got wet somewhat courtesy of some fire hoses.
The ship will now be moved back across the shipyard for more work on her to be completed. Her harbour trials are expected later this year.
As noted by Api69, I did not see the propellers under the stern. However this does not mean she is being rushed for launching.
I believed the ceremony tomorrow is being held as the RMN cannot expect not to have pictures of the ship being widely circulated as the location of the shipyard straddled a regular and popular ferry transit point.
Come to think of it, Naval Group – the new name for DCNS – never published pictures of the Egyptian Gowind being put into water or any other ships that the shipyard build.
This is an updated version of the original post.
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