SHAH ALAM: OPV1 – MMEA first new patrol vessel is expected to be delivered to the service by year end. The plan – Malaysian Defence was told – is for OPV1 to be delivered either this October or November. But given our luck with new build ships, it is, I think, better to say the delivery will be by year end.
The exact delivery date is of course to be determined when the MMEA will accept the ship as THHE Shipyard has started yard trials for OPV 1, this week.
Regular reader Api69 was correct when he commented in an earlier story that the delay in delivering the ship – it was supposed to be last month – was due to the late delivery of the Aselsan SMASH 30mm gun.
The yard trials only started this week when the gun was delivered to the shipyard and fitted to the ship. Why the yard trials were not done without the gun, is beyond me. Harbour trials were conducted shortly after OPV1 launch in October, last year. It must be noted that for the first NGPC – KM Bagan Datuk – the Aselsan SMASH 30mm gun was only fitted on her after the commissioning. However, the same guns were fitted to her sister ships prior to their commissioning.
Anyhow, since the gun and some other items onboard the OPV are government-furnished equipment (GFE), one wonders whether the shipyard could be blamed wholly for the new delivery dates.
It must be noted that the OPV1 is now delayed by one year as it was supposed to be delivered by August,last year. It was originally supposed to be delivered by August 23, 2020 but the government had agreed to the extension of time on November 17, 2020 for the delivery to be on August 23, 2022.
The government had also extended a loan to the shipyard to ensure the completion of the project. OPV1 was supposed to be named Tun Fatimah but the MMEA has decided a new name was more befitting for her.
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