SHAH ALAM: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) wants the government to solve the issues surrounding the Littoral Combat Ship. According to Bernama, the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) hopes the government will be able to solve contractual issues regarding the procurement of six littoral combat ships (LCSs) because of the importance of maintaining sufficient assets for the country’s defence forces.
Navy Chief, Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany said RMN hopes the government, through the Defence Ministry, will ensure the project continues in its effort to ensure Navy assets are always at the ready to defend the country’s sovereignty against enemy threats.
“As we all know, the Navy faces a severe lack of assets. I am told that this issue will be discussed at the Cabinet-level at the soonest time possible before a decision is made about the (LCS’ contract’s) direction,” he said at a press conference after officiating the K.D Peladok’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) 1/2020 Series Diploma Programme Convocation at the M. Sidek Shabudin Auditorium, RMN naval base in Lumut on Thursay (20 October, 2020).
He touched on the LCS project issue after the Defence Ministry said it considering ending the contract with the company responsible for supplying the six Navy assets after the first ship was not delivered on time. According to the original schedule, LCS 1 was supposed to be handed over in April 2019 but to date, none have been delivered.
While the report has given us some inkling of whats going on behind the scene it does not indicate anything on what will happen. As you are aware the Defence Ministry has stated that it was looking at three options on how to proceed with the project: the first one to cancel the project, get Naval Group to become the lead in the project and the last one to get BNS to do it.
Based on the report above, the RMN is clearly saying dont cancel it but it did no say anything on how it would like the project to go on.
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