SHAH ALAM: Long time readers of Malaysian Defence will know that I had always said that the RMN is unlucky when it comes to getting its newly built ships on time. It had happened with the Lekiu, Kedah and Gagah Samudera classes.
The only exception was the Keris class ships which were delivered on schedule and on budget. The bad luck also appears to have rub on RMN’s effort to extend the service lives of the patrol craft and FAC fleets.
For the PC fleet, KD Sri Sabah and KD Sri Sarawak were supposed to return to service by October, last year. But it appears that their return into service was further delayed.
INISIATIF MEMPERKASA LIMBUNGAN TEMPATAN
PULAU KAMBING, 5 Sep – Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Abdul Rahman bin Ayob hari ini melaksanakan lawatan kerja bagi meninjau kemajuan akhir projek refit 2 Kapal Ronda (Patrol Craft – PC) TLDM di MSET Corporation Sdn Bhd, di mana sebuah PC telah selesai menjalani Ujian Penerimaan Di Laut (SAT).
Apabila diterima dalam tempoh terdekat ini, kedua-dua kapal tersebut akan ditauliah serta dinamakan KD SRI SABAH dan KD SRI SARAWAK. Selain itu, lawatan kerja turut meninjau status dan kemajuan Obsolescence Program KD GANYANG, atau lebih dikenali sebagi OP KD GANYANG.
Inisiatif lawatan kerja ulung ini melakar sejarah iaitu Panglima Tentera Laut pertama melawat Limbungan MSET Corporation sejak limbungan tersebut ditubuhkan pada tahun 1966. Justeru, lawatan kerja ini adalah amat bermakna bagi memperkasa industri pertahanan maritim tempatan. Inisiatif ini juga adalah manifestasi sokongan berterusan TLDM terhadap kelangsungan limbungan tempatan.
From the statement, we know that both PC are in their final stage of refit with their entry into service expected soon. Perhaps, next month, which is one year behind their planned return to service.
Anyhow, a quotation notice to tow a Pengawal 43 boat to the RMN base in Kuantan, Pahang has been published on Eperolehan. The boat was transferred to the RMN on January 19, 2022. I have no idea why it took so long to get the boat back to Kuantan for its new live in RMN service.
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