SHAH ALAM: The third AW139 Maritime Operations Helicopter (MOH) – tail number M503-3 – has undertaken the 2500km journey from Kota Kinabalu to Lumut, in time for the RMN’s 89th anniversary parade held at the Lumut naval base today.
Tail number 1 flew to Lumut last January. Both helicopters were placed on static display at KD Pelandok (see picture below) – RMN training facility located inside the naval base – as part of the anniversary parade officiated by Navy chief Admiral Datuk Abdul Rahman Ayob.
Other RMN assets (see picture above) include two low loaders carrying missiles; two Paskal RHIBs and a fire tender likely the one of two procured recently. The other RMN helicopters – the Super Lynx and Fennec – both based at Lumut conducted a fly past at the parade.
Regular reader Ed Liew who was in Lumut this morning, said that tail number 3 is expected to return to Kota Kinabalu soon. RMN had previously announced that tail number 1 will be taking part in LIMA 2023 scheduled to be held in late May. As part of the anniversary, RMN is holding open ships programme at various locations today and tomorrow. The same programme will be held at Sandakan naval base this weekend.
As I was not at Lumut today, we has to rely on what was reported by the mainstream media. From Bernama:
LUMUT, April 27 — The project on the reconstruction of the littoral combat ships (LCS) is expected to begin three months after the sixth supplemental agreement is concluded, said Navy chief Admiral Datuk Abdul Rahman Ayob.
Abdul Rahman said the contract which is being prepared by the Ministry of Defence would see several amendments to the timeline and costs.
“As we are aware, the Cabinet meeting held on April 19 had agreed to continue the LCS project. This is an important decision to proceed further.
“If the agreement (contract) is finalised, we hope that the LCS project will be able to commence as early as possible,” he told a press conference after officiating at the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ceremonial parade at Lumut RMN base here today.
Air Times had this to say on the LMS Batch 2:
Sehubungan itu, beliau menjelaskan, perolehan Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) Batch Kedua adalah salah satu usaha TLDM dalam mengantikan aset-aset usang yang sedia bagi meningkatkan keupayaan pasukan keselamatan itu.
“Kita mengharapkan pada tahun ini ia (LMS Batch 2) dapat dimuktamadkan perolehannya, sebab sekarang ini kita masih menunggu keputusan samaada TLDM berurusan secara kerajaan dengan kerajaan (G2G) atau berurusan terus dengan industri yang akan membekalkan kapal tersebut,
“Perkara ini masih dibincangkan di peringkat Kementerian Pertahanan (MINDEF). TLDM secara am telah bersedia dengan spesifikasi yang diperlukan untuk LMS Batch Kedua ini,
“Kami telah berbincang dan menetapkan apa keperluan serta mengenalpasti beberapa model kapal yang berpontensi untuk menjadi LMS Batch 2 ini,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyaksikan Sambutan Hari TLDM ke-89 Tahun 2023 di Pangkalan TLDM Lumut, hari ini.
Both are depressing reads, to be honest.
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