SHAH ALAM: LMS Badik. The third LMS was officially named as Badik in a ceremony held at the Wuchuan shipyard at Qidong, China today. The naming ceremony for LMS Badik was conducted by the wife of the Malaysian Defence Attache to China, Puan Rohana Osman. Her husband had took physical delivery of the pennant 113 ship, three days ago.
According to RMN, LMS Badik was named after a ship of the Kris class decommissioned from service in 2005.
It said LMS Badik will be the third LMS of the RMN (Keris class) and will joined the 11 LMS Squadron based at RMN base in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The squadron currently has two ships, KD Keris and KD Sundang, which are already operational.
According to RMN, work on the third LMS started on 18 September 2019 and she was launched on 28 October, 2020 after which she had undergone successful harbour and sea trials. Seven officers and 38 sailors have been in China for the last five months for training on the ship. LMS Badik ship is expected to sail home to Malaysia by the end of the month.
She will be commissioned most likely by mid October as the crew will have to undergo quarantine for two weeks as like other travelers arriving in Malaysia from overseas. Only after the commissioning she will be called KD Badik.
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