KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN ) will revamp its armada to only five classes of ships so that it is more cost-effective to maintain and manage.
RMN chief Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said the five classes of ships were the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS); New Generation Patrol Vessels (NGPV); Littoral Mission Ships (LMS); Multi-Support Ships (MRSS) and Submarines.
He said at present, RMN had 15 classes of ships which were built in seven different countries - United Kingdom; Germany; Italy; France; Sweden; South Korea and Malaysia.
"The ships we have are old, so they are hard to maintain and require a big allocation.
"So we see the opportunity for us to reduce the number of classes of ships to five but we will increase the number of ships in these classes," he told reporters after a pinning-of-the-rank ceremony for RMN officers and the Royal Malaysian Navy Reserves (PSSRMN) here today.
Ahmad Kamarulzaman said on average, the age of RMN 's existing assets was about 32 years.
He added the 15-to-5 RMN Armada Transformation Programme would also focus on building ships locally to reduce the nation's dependency on foreign expertise.
He said the initiative to transform asset management would contribute to RMN 's corporate social responsibility to the community.
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