SHAH ALAM: Latest pictures of Maharaja Lela. When the PAT visited the BNS last week, MAF Facebook page did not published pictures of any of the LCS hulls including the first one, PCU Maharaja Lela. It published some pictures of the PAT inside the hulls and even KD Kasturi undergoing a refit at the same yard. Some of the pictures including the Kasturi one were deleted a few days later for no apparent reason.
However, eagle eyed Naval News founder and chief editor Xavier Vavasseur found the latest pictures of Maharaja Lela and tweeted it of course. After a Google search I found the same images on BNS LinkedIN page. The images were part of a post on the visit by participants of the National Resilience College (though called National Defence Institute in the post) to BNS on Nov 16.
November 16, 2021 – A study visit by course participants of National Defence Institute (NDI) of Malaysia to the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Programme at Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) was held. The visit was hosted by the LCS Royal Malaysian Navy Project Team (RMNPT). The delegates consist of the Malaysian Armed Forces high ranking officers of the ranks Colonel to Brigadier General/First Admiral of the Royal Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Airforce, was led by NDI’s Senior Directing Staff, Brigadier General Sarman bin Bahrom.
The arrival of the delegation was warmly welcomed by RMNPT represented by Commander Raza Assad bin Rajab RMN while BNS was represented by Encik Zainal Abidin bin Ahmad, LCS Deputy Programme Director – Project Management (DPD-PMT) and Encik Rosli bin Mohammad, Head of LCS Project Monitoring Coordination.
A short welcoming speech and LCS Programme briefing was held at “The Promise” meeting room, at RMNPT office situated at Location 04. The session was followed by Q & A entertained by Cdr Raza RMN and Encik Zainal Abidin. Upon completion, the delegates were taken for a brief yard tour ending at LCS1 site and a group photo memento at site. Appreciation notes from the delegate’s chief ends the successful visit.
The photo above of Maharaja Lela was very similar to the picture I took in 2018 when I went to BNS for the launch of the fourth keel of the LCS minus the people of course.
Another picture posted by BNS on Nov. 16 was this one (below).
Compare it to the picture below, which I took in 2017 at the launch of the ship.
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