Keel Laying and Steel Cutting Ceremony for LMS

SHAH ALAM: Keel laying and Steel cutting ceremony for LMS. Defence Minister Muhammad Sabu was on hand to witness the keel laying and steel cutting for LMS 1 and 2 at Wuhan, China today.

The keel laying is for the first of class LMS while the steel cutting was for the second vessel.

The ceremonies were held on the first day of Muhammad’s four-day visit to China. As you are aware the RMN is getting four LMS with two of the vessel constructed in China while the other two will be build at the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) in Lumut under a technology transfer program.

The keel of the first LMS. Mindef.

The steel cutting for the first LMS was conducted on July 31. According, to the Defence Ministry, apart from the LMS factory visit, Muhammad is scheduled to attend the Eight Beijing Qiangshan Forum to be held in the capital city Beijing.

Muhammad with other guest at the ceremony.

Muhammad is scheduled to present a speech entitled Terrorism Threats and Countermeasures on Oct. 25 at the forum. During the visit, the minister is also scheduled to meet with high ranking Chinese defence officials to further boost collaboration between both countries.

Muhammad being shown the steel cutting for the second LMS.

The minister visit to China coincided with the start of the inaugural Asean-China Maritime Exercise. Seven ships are taking part in the exercise in the waters off Zhanjiang, China. During the exercise the participating ships will apply the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) to conduct search and rescue ops.

Sailors from Asean and China at the opening ceremony of the exercise. Singapore Mindef.

RMN only sent observers for the exercise as it is also involved in the trilateral Aman Youyi 2018 being held between Malaysia, Thailand and China. The exercise which focus on peacekeeping operations and enforcement is being conducted starting from today in and on the waters off Port Dickson.

Soldiers from Malaysia, China and Thailand posed for a group picture after taking part in a live firing exercise at Port Dickson. The soldiers faces are blurred as they are Special Forces operators. Joint Force command.

Some 1,417 personnel from the three countries are involved in the execise. China has the biggest personnel with 785 with two ships – a destroyer and a frigate – and two naval helicopters while Malaysia is represented by 585 personnel, two ships and two helicopters with 93 soldiers from Thailand also taking part.

–Malaysian Defence

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