SHAH ALAM: In a press conference in Kuching on November 4, MMEA director-general Admiral Maritime Hamid Mohd Amin told the media that the agency is expected to receive two ships from a friendly country, next year.
He did not name the country nor the type of ships, but as MMEA had received ships from Japan (three) and Australia (two), previously, it would be safe to assume that the new addition will be from the two countries.
Intriguingly, in a Facebook post by MMEA today (November 8) it was stated that the agency had look into absorbing at least one ex-US Coast guard cutter (an American term for this kind of vessel). This was mentioned in a post on the retirement ceremony for Rear Admiral Maritime Aminuddin Abdul Rashid.
The post stated that among his achievements in the MMEA were that he was the team leader for a suitability study on absorbing the US Coast Guard cutter – USCG Decisive. It stated that this will create a wider collaboration with friendly forces either locally or abroad.
Checks on the US Coast Guard website showed that Decisive– a Reliance class cutter – was laid in 1967 and commissioned in 1968. She was decommissioned from US Coast Guard on March 2, 2023, after a 55-year service.
The ships of the class are about 65 meter long with a beam of 10 meter. They are equipped with twin diesel engines, a helipad, and a crew of seventy-five. In US Coast Guard service, the ships are equipped with a single 25 mm cannon and two machine-guns.
The MMEA post (edited for brevity):
𝗠𝗔𝗝𝗟𝗜𝗦 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗔𝗡 𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗛 𝗕𝗔𝗛𝗔𝗚𝗜𝗔𝗡 𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗨𝗔𝗧𝗞𝗨𝗔𝗦𝗔𝗔𝗡 𝗗𝗔𝗡 𝗣𝗘𝗡𝗬𝗘𝗟𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗦𝗔𝗡 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗠
𝗣𝗨𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗝𝗔𝗬𝗔, 𝟴 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 – Pengarah Bahagian Penguatkuasaan dan Penyelarasan Maritim, Laksamana Muda Maritim Aminuddin bin Haji Abdul Rashid bersara wajib hari ini setelah berkhidmat selama 17 tahun bersama Maritim Malaysia.
Beliau merupakan seorang Pegawai Kanan Maritim Malaysia yang amat komited dan berwawasan setiap kali diberikan tugas dan tanggungjawab sebagai pemimpin di sesuatu Bahagian sepanjang perkhidmatan bersama Maritim Malaysia. Beliau juga pernah menabur bakti selama 24 tahun sebagai pegawai Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia sebelum ditukar lantik ke perkhidmatan Maritim Malaysia.
Antara kejayaan yang signifikan yang dilaksanakan oleh beliau ialah memacu Pelan Strategik SAR Maritim Malaysia 2021-2025. Mengetuai penilaian ke atas kesesuaian USCG CUTTER DECISIVE untuk diserap dalam Maritim Malaysia serta mewujudkan ruang kerjasama yang lebih meluas dengan pasukan sahabat sama ada daripada dalam dan luar negara seperti PATKOR OPTIMA.
It must be noted that US Coast Guard had transferred two more Reliance class cutter in 2004 to Sri Lanka and Colombia in 2003. From Wikipedia:
The 210s (210-foot cutters) received upgrades and modifications (in a program named “Midlife Maintenance Availability” or MMA) during the 1986 through 1990 time period. The “A”-class cutters had their gas turbines removed, and all 210s had their stern transom exhaust systems replaced with a traditional stack. While this modification reduced the size of the flight deck, they were still more than capable of carrying out helicopter operations. Other modifications included enlarging the superstructure area, replacing the main armament, and increasing the fire-fighting capability of the cutters. The modifications cost approximately $20 million per cutter, well above their original cost of about $3.5 million each
I stand to be corrected of course and will check with the MMEA on the transfer.
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