SHAH ALAM: Transforming the RMN. The RMN on Nov.8 made available for download its 15 to 5 trasnformation plan, three weeks ahead of the retirement of Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin as it’s chief. The book, launched officially last week, is called the Strategy Document for RMN 15 to 5 Transformation Programme.
Befitting its title, the book within 100 pages tells us why the RMN embarked on the transformation plan. There is no need for me to repeat what the book says here, if you want to read it yourselves it is here. Do be patient as sometimes you need to click the link several times to download the PDF file.
Some of the highlights of the book include the planned procurement for the navy of multi domain helicopters (ASW), fast inshore craft and drones; airborne, underwater and above water ones. As the navy has already gotten the Scaneagles from the US, they only need to get the funds for the other drones.
It is also interesting to note that on page 88, it was stated that KD Hang Tuah was supposed to be retired and become a museum ship in April, this year. As the ship was finally declared a museum ship last month, we know that the plan is already running late.
Of note the navy in the book stated that the delivery of LCS 1 Maharaja Lela is to take place between 2020 to 2023.
As the book was prepared sometime back we have to wonder when the RMN realised that the LCS project was not going well as the troubles were only made known publicly, last October. I had reported recently that the LCS 1 would be delayed beyond 2019 although it was the deadline as stated in the contract between Boustead Naval Shipyard and the government. I do apologise to … for stating this again (as he had asked me not to do so after that story).
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