SHAH ALAM: Keris delivered. The RMN took physical delivery of the first of class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS), Keris, today. This must be the fastest ship delivered to the navy with commissioning expecting early next year. Keris was launched in April, this year, some two years after the contract was signed in 2017.
The handover ceremony took place at the Wuchuan shipyard facility at Qidong port, near Shanghai, China. The ship was received by the Defence Ministry Procurement Division secretary Datuk Ahmad Husaini Abdul Rahman.
RMN in its release said the commissioning ceremony for Keris will be conducted at the same facility at the Qidong port on Jan. 6. The ship is expected to sail back following the ceremony and a homecoming ceremony is scheduled at the Kota Kinabalu naval base in Sabah on Jan. 17.
The second class LMS, Sundang will be delivered to the RMN on April, next year with the two other LMS also built in China will be delivered by mid-2021, RMN says.
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