SHAH ALAM: Names for MMEA OPVs. The MMEA, it appears has decided that the three OPVs being built by THHE-Destini JV will be named after state royal towns. The first of class MMEA 1800 OPV will be named KM Kota Bharu, the second KM Kuala Kangsar and the third KM Seri Menanti.
KM Kota Bharu is of course named after the royal town of Kelantan while Kuala Kangsar is Perak and Seri Menanti, Negri Sembilan, respectively. There are nine state royal towns in Malaysian with two ships already in seservice with MMEA,namely, KM Pekan and KM Arau. Both, as you are aware, were ex Japanese Coast Guard ships which were gifted to Malaysia some two years back.
A CGI of the first of class MMEA OPV to be named KM Kota Bharu.
As there are four more state royal towns in Malaysia (Anak Bukit, Kedah; Klang, Selangor; Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu and Maharani, Johor) does that mean MMEA has plans for four more OPVs? It is likely but for the moment the government has yet to announce the funds for them.
Forward and aft CGI of the MMEA OPV
Anyway, the MMEA could also reuse the Pekan and Arau names for two more OPVs, when it decides to replace the two ex-Japanese Coast Guard patrol ships as both are already long in the tooth. Despite being old ships, I was told that the MMEA are quite happy with both ships.
Despite this more work are needed on them compared to new ships, of course.The two former RMN OPVs, KM Langkawi and KM Banggi it must be said need to be retired as soon as possible.
As previously reported, the first of class MMEA OPV is expected to be launch late this year with the rest coming on line within the next year.
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