Sundang Commissioned

SHAH ALAM: The RMN today (March 5) commissioned into service its second LMS, KD Sundang at the Kota Kinabalu naval base at Teluk Sepanggar. RMN chief Admiral Reza Sany read out the commissioning credentials at the ceremony before presenting it to Sundang first commanding officer, Kdr Khairil Sarian.

Admiral Reza reading the commissioning proclamation of KD Sundang at the ceremony.

The ship arrived at the base on January 24, ten days after it was formally accepted by the RMN from the shipbuilder at the Wuchang port in Qidong, Shanghai. Due to travel restrictions and lockdown imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic, the ceremony had to be postponed until today. KD Keris – the first of class LMS was commissioned in January, 2020.

KD Sundang.

From the RMN.

Untuk rekod, KD SUNDANG yang terdiri daripada 45 orang kru telah mengharungi pelayaran sejauh 1,862 batu nautika bermula pada 17 Januari 2021 dan selamat tiba di PTKK pada 24 Januari 2021.

Sebagaimana LMS Pertama (KD KERIS), KD SUNDANG akan beroperasi di bawah pemerintahan Markas Pemerintahan Armada Timur di Sabah. TLDM dijangka akan menerima Kapal LMS ke-3 dan ke-4 pula pada bulan Oktober dan Disember 2021 bagi memenuhi keperluan pengoperasian sepertimana yang dinyatakan dalam Pelan Transformasi 15 to 5.

Fourth LMS at her launch in Wuhan, China today. RMN picture

It appears that the LMS programme will be the first RMN project to be completed on time and under budget in recent memory. Hopefully this will be the same for future projects like LMS II and MRSS. Hopefully it will also be safe enough for me to travel to Kota Kinabalu to cover the commissioning of the fourth and last LMS.

— Malaysian Defence

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