‘LMS VITAL TO REPLACE AGING SHIPS’
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.