KUALA LUMPUR, -- The chief of the Malaysian navy has highlighted the procurement of multirole support ships as a priority. The acquisition would bolster the navy's sealift and amphibious assault capabilities.
The new chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking to prioritise the service's plan to acquire two multirole support ships, despite continuing funding challenges.
"With the need for us to operate in a two-theatre environment [east and west Malaysia], we hope that these two ships can be given a special priority," said Admiral Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin in an interview with IHS Jane's at the Maritime Security and Coastal Surveillance conference in Kuala Lumpur on 1 December.
The Damen Landing Platform Dock 8000 carries battalions of troops and their vehicles, and can function as a flight deck or helicopter hangar. NOTE: The photo does not represent the actual acquisition of the project.