SHAH ALAM: In a post in November, last year, Malaysian Defence wrote that the MMEA may well be getting an ex-US Coast Guard this year. This was based on a post by MMEA itself. The post stated that MMEA had a study on absorbing a single ex-US Coast Guard cutter.
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.
Now we have confirmation that the US intends to transfer one US Coast Guard cutter – though it did not name the ship. The report by the US House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee Report on Activities for month of December stated that:
This is basically the confirmation that the US is willing and intends to transfer the ship to MMEA. The ship itself is
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
It is interesting to note that since that Facebook post, MMEA has not said anything about the transfer. Will the current situation in the Middle East affect the transfer? I have no idea, really. That said the radar US gifted to us a few years back is already in service as do the MSA and the ScanEagle UAS.
HT to DM
— Malaysian Defence
.If you like this post, buy me an espresso. Paypal Payment