SHAH ALAM: Some two months after its started sea trials, MMMEA OPV1 is now in Lumut for live firing trials. The ship – built by THHE – berthed at the Lumut naval base today, Malaysia Defence was told. And thanks to Western Fleet command we now have a picture of the OPV at the naval base.
MMEA OPV project director First Admiral (M) Hamizan Harun is likely to be present at the LFT to be conducted from tomorrow onwards. He met with Western Fleet Command deputy commander First Admiral Fadhil Abdul Rahman today. It must be noted that the Bagan Datuk class NGPC also conducted their live firing trials off Lumut. As with the OPV1, the NGPC is equipped with the Aselsan SMASH 30mm RWS.
The post from the Western Command:
Timbalan Panglima Armada Barat, Laksamana Pertama Fadhil bin Abdul Rahman telah menerima Kunjungan Hormat daripada Laksamana Pertama (M) Hamizan bin Harun, Pengarah Projek Offshore Patrol Vessel 1 (OPV 1), merangkap Pengarah Bahagian Carilamat dan Bantuan Bencana (BCBB), Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) hari ini.
Selain bertujuan meningkatkan kerjasama TLDM dan APMM dalam melaksanakan rondaan dan operasi bersama, kunjungan ini turut membincangkan langkah-langkah untuk memperkasakan lagi keselamatan maritim di perairan negara.
As for the OPV 1, Malaysian Defence was told that the date for handover and commissioning is slated for October 27. It could even earlier, if all the trials are conducted successfully. Unfortunately, I have yet to be informed of the new name for the ship.
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