SHAH ALAM: RMN has taken delivery of the second LMS, PCU Sundang, at Shanghai, China today. The delivery ceremony was undertaken at the Wuchuan Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Wuchang port in Qidong, Shanghai. The ship’s delivery was undertaken by the final delivery committee headed by the LMS team project leader, Kept Abdul Hadi Abdullah, RMN says in a press release.
The committee had conducted the documentation checks,physical inspection and a sailing demonstration of the ship prior to the signing of the handing over the ship from the shipbuilder. The committee also handed over the documents to Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd to mark the delivery of the ship.
RMN said the ship which started her build on October 23, 2018 at the Wuchuan manufacturing base in Wuhan was launched on July 12, 2019. The ship was supposed to be delivered to the RMN on April 12, 2020 but was delayed to today (January 13, 2021) due to the coronavirus pandemic which also forced work on the ship to be halted on January 23, 2020. Her crew only returned to Shanghai on October 16, 2020 to continue their training on the ship.
The ship is expected to sail home in the third week of this month to Kota Kinabalu naval base in Teluk Sepanggar late this month where her commissioning ceremony is expected to take place. RMN chief Admiral Reza Sany is expected to be present at the ceremony at a date to be determined later.
The third and fourth LMS which were launched late last year is expected to sail home this September and November.
Based on the above statements, it is likely the Keris class 21st LMS squadron is expected to become operational late this year. As reported previously, KD Keris, the first of class China-made LMS was commissioned in early 2020.
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