Boustead Naval Shipyard has successfully handed over the third unit of Littoral Mission Ship (LMS3) to Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
The LMS is a new class of RMN warships that is built to enhance the country’s maritime defence as part of the Navy’s 15to5 Transformation Plan which is to upgrade its fleet and create an efficient, fit-for-purpose armada. The ship is the third of four units of Kerisclass LMS jointly built in China by Boustead Naval and the China Shipbuilding and Offshore Corporation.
Construction of the ship began in September 2019 at Shuangliu Manufacturing Base in Wuhan, followed by its Keel Laying Ceremony in November 2019. When commissioned, LMS3 will join the 11th Squadron together with LMS1 KD KERIS which was commissioned in January 2020, and LMS2 KD SUNDANG commissioned in March 2021, all ships operate under the Royal Navy’s Eastern Fleet Command hq based in Sabah.
With Littoral Combat Ships currently being built at Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak, the LMS will be a significant addition towards enhancing the Royal Navy’s capability to conduct patrols and search and rescue operations, enforce maritime law and secure the nations vast maritime borders.
The ships are capable of operating in multi-mission roles in littoral waters as well as high seas and in all weather conditions. Group Managing Director Boustead Holdings Berhad, Dato Shazalli Ramly said the successful hand over stand testimony to our ability to complete projects on time and deliver quality services to its customers.