‘LMS VI­TAL TO RE­PLACE AG­ING SHIPS’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

THE pro­cure­ment of Lit­toral Mis­sion Ships (LMS) from China is nec­es­sary to re­place the ag­ing and high main­te­nance ves­sels cur­rently be­ing used by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein said many of the RMN ships have been in op­er­a­tion for more than 30 years and were not cost­ef­fec­tive to be used any more. He also dis­missed claims of the ex­or­bi­tant cost to pro­cure the four LMS, say­ing it was es­ti­mated to cost about RM1 bil­lion to build them. “The pro­cure­ment is im­por­tant to en­sure RMN’s as­sets are ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing op­er­a­tional du­ties con­tin­u­ously,” he said dur­ing the Min­is­ter’s Ques­tion Time.

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