SHAH ALAM: Fourth LCS Keel Laying Ceremony. The keel laying ceremony for the fourth LCS is tentatively scheduled for October 31. And if the naming convention is followed, the fourth ship will be named Mat Salleh, in honour of the Sabah warlord who led a rebellion against the British in 1895.
The ceremony will be held at Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) facility in Lumut, Perak where all the LCS is being built. As you aware BNS had been contracted to build six LCS for the RMN with the first ship it is contractually bound to deliver by 2019.
The keel of the LCS 3 with the Maharaja Lela in the back at the ceremony in December, last year
For the record the first LCS is Maharaja Lela, second Raja Mahadi, third Sharif Masahor, fourth Mat Salleh, fifth Tok Janggut and sixth Mat Kilau. As reported previously the RMN and BNS swapped the names of the second and third LCS so the fourth ship could still be named after the three other warriors mentioned. I will confirmed the name on day itself of course.
The keel of LCS 3 (left)and LCS 2 (right) in the ship building hangar at BNS last December.
As for the progress of the the first three LCS, nothing official has come out from both RMN and BNS. Pictures from official visits last week however showed Maharaja Lela still undergoing work. Hopefully we will get the latest at the keel laying ceremony.
Much work is still being done on Maharaja Lela as pictured last week by the RMN LCS project team.
Anyhow, the RMN has published the CGI of its future museum in its official You Tube channel.
The museum to be located at Lumut was designed by award winning architect firm, Arkitek Kamal Alwi based in Jalan Ampang. The firm has also published still images of the design on its website.
Another CGI of the future RMN museum. Arkitek Kamal Alwi.
I have no idea whether funds for the museum has been allocated so far or its cost. But it is likely the RMN has approved of the design.
A CGI of the future RMN museum. Arkitek Kamal Alwi.
From the video and previous stories on Malaysian Defence we know that the KD Hang Tuah will be the highlight of the museum. It will be a static working ship, however.
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