SHAH ALAM: Rencong delivered. The RMN has taken delivery of LMS Rencong – the fourth Keris-class and the last – ship today at the Wuchuan Shipyard at Nantong City in China. The delivery and naming ceremony of Rencong – pennant number 114 – was done by the ship’s sponsor, Puan Sutinah Mohamad, the wife of the LMS Project team head.
The ship is named after a Kris class ship which was decommissioned in 2005. As her other sister ships, the China-made vessel she was named after a traditional hand weapon, Rencong. According to a release by RMN, work on the Rencong started on 18 September 2019, and she was launched on 16 December, 2020. It is likely like her sister ships, Rencong, her build and sea trials were delayed by the pandemic.
Rencong will joined her sister ships in the Skuadron 11 LMS at their base at the Kota Kinabalu Naval base in Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah.
The other three ships are KD Keris, KD Sundang and KD Badik. Keris was commissioned into service on January 17, 2020; Sundang on March 5, 2021 and Badik on October 22.
RMN release did not mentioned when she was expected to arrive in Kota Kinabalu, however. As she is already named and barring weather issues, it is likely she will arrived at the naval base after Christmas.
With her crew needing to quarantine for at least 10 days, her commissioning might well take place on the second week of January 2022. Hopefully the health situation is benign enough for me to go to Kota Kinabalu for her commissioning which I had promised to do after I attended tended the commissioning of the first vessel in 2020.
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