SHAH ALAM: MMEA is scheduled to receive OPV1 on November 27, its deputy director-general (Operations) Vice Admiral (Maritime) Hamid Mohd Amin said on November 4 in Kuching. Once delivered – OPV1 – built by THHE Sdn Bhd at Pulau Indah – will be based in Kuching to boost the surveillance of the state’s waters.
MMEA will also base two 32- metre patrol boats – KM Marudu and KM Kimanis – to Sarawak by year-end, he added. MMEA has also moved two other boats to Sarawak earlier this year. The two ships are the 40-metre KM Marlin and KM Tegas.
Hamid also said one of two ships to be donated by “a friendly nation” next year will also be based in Sarawak.
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“This is to achieve our objective in determining our safety and preparedness, especially in the waters of Sarawak, because the waters of the state are rich in petroleum and marine resources,” he said in a press conference of the Perkasa Timur Maritime Exercise 2/2023 closing ceremony, at the Sarawak MMEA headquarters (Komtas), today.
According to him, currently, MMEA has moved two ships, KM Marlin and KM Tegas, to Sarawak for the same purpose, as well as part of the agency’s asset preparedness ahead of the Northeast Monsoon (MTL).
“We will receive two more patrol vessels from the friendly team, meaning from abroad, at the beginning of next year, and we plan to move one of them to Sarawak,” he said.
Commenting on the exercise conducted, Hamid said that it was carried out to prepare MMEA officers and members to face any maritime threat situation, focusing on the South China Sea on the west coast of Sabah and Sarawak.
A total of 652 officers and members of the MMEA, with the strength of 14 vessels, were involved in the exercise for a week, from Oct 28 until today, with locations ranging from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching.
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As for OPV1, Malaysian Defence has posted that the ship is expected to be delivered by year end. She was out at sea, a month back for sea trials, which according to industry sources had gone well.
— Malaysian Defence