SHAH ALAM: Third LMS, KD Panah? The third LMS of the RMN, pennant number 113, may well be named KD Panah, based on a RFB issued by the Defence Ministry. The RFB is for the supply and installation of satellite TV spare parts, anemometer and AIS for PC ships ex Sundang and ex – Panah.
Or my assumption is completely wrong, see the comments for another explaination.!
The RFB issued by the RMN Western Fleet Depot opens today and closes in seven days. The specifications issued stated that they were looking for two units each of the satellite TV spare parts, anemometer (a device used for measuring wind speed and direction) and AIS (automatic detection system) for the patrol class ships, Sundang and Panah.
Sundang is certainly KD Sundang (pennant number 112) the second of LMS of the RMN. The ship was commissioned into RMN on March 5 at the Kota Kinabalu naval base at Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah.
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.
The third LMS, Panah was launched at the Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group (WISG) shipyard in Wuhan, China on 28 October, 2020. RMN said the ship would now undergo acceptance trials in Wuhan prior to delivery planned this September. The fourth LMS was launched on 16 December, 2020 and its expected to sail home this November.
If indeed the third LMS is named Panah, it will be the second PC to bear the name. The first PC was a Kris class PC, KD Panah, pennant number 42. More information on the old KD Panah can be found here.
The Kris class PC was the mainstay of the RMN fleet from the 1960s to early 2000 though two of them remains in service, KD Sri Perlis and KD Sri Johor.
HT to DM
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