LUMUT, -- The efficiency of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will be further increased when it received the first batch of its Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in 2019, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein said.
He said with the presence of the locally made combat ships, which also the biggest in Malaysia, the RMN would increase the combat capability of its combatant ships to 10 from four previously.
"With the twofold increase in its capability, of course more operations can be carried out quickly and more effectively, and hence improve the efficiency of our team.
"The LCS have the capability to be fully operational for offshore and deep sea patrol for a period of 21 days without having to resupply," he said at the LCS1 Keel Laying ceremony at the RMN base here today.
LCS are built, integrated and tested at the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) here.
Hishammuddin said the full construction of the combat ships at the BNS premises had also restored public confidence in the skills and capabilities of local companies.
He said the LCS would be stationed at several vital areas, including in the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) areas.
The defence minister also gave assurance that the government would not compromise in the aspects of national security and defence despite the global economic uncertainty.
In another development, Hishammuddin said two apartment blocks for military personnel and their families at the RMN base here would be upgraded involving an allocation of RM22.5 million.
"The upgrading work is expected to begin in May and completed by year's end," he said, adding that the government would also build 300 houses at Bandar Baru Segari here, which will only be sold to members of Armed Forces Veterans Association at a price of RM100,000 each.
The Royal Malaysian Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV).