SHAH ALAM: New fast combat boat for RMN. It appears that the new Fast Combat Boat for the RMN will be a different type compared to the six procured from Gading Marine Sdn Bhd, last year. A CGI of a FCB was used during the New Year message by RMN chief TS Admiral Reza Sany, yesterday, which looked different to the Gading Marine ones.
Despite the differences in the design, I must admit the new boats – 13 of them – may well be sourced from Gading Marine as well though I am happy to be corrected of course.
Apart from the 13 FCBs, the RMN is also planning the procurement of the three Fire Control System; anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare sub-systems; various types of vehicles and four decompression chambers. The RMN is also embarking on the development of a training base for the air wing in Sitiawan, Perak, new quarters for sailors at the Kota Kinabalu naval base and security fencing at the Semporna naval station.
As for this year, the RMN will take delivery of five rigid hull inflatable boats and three Leonardo AW139 twin-engine helicopters to meet the requirements of the Maritime Utility Helicopter (MUH) role. The three helicopters are expected to be delivered by June, this year. The helicopters will be based at the Kota Kinabalu naval base.
As expected the Admiral did not mentioned the elephant in the room.
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