Posted on 08/24/2017 5:18:38 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN or Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia; TLDM) launched and named today its first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Gowind frigate. The ceremony took place at Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) Lumut shipyard (Western Malaysia) on August 24th. The first of class vessel is now known as KD Maharaja Lela.
Dato Maharaja Lela (died on 20 January 1877) was a Malay nationalist from Perak. Dato’ Maharajalela is generally celebrated as a folk hero by Malay nationalists, and seen as a symbol of the Malay resistance against British colonialism.
In late 2016, the RMN ran a poll on its website to select the name of its future frigate class currently known as LCS / Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) program. Malaysian citizens were invited to select one of three “group of names” based on one theme each:
– Theme 1: Fighter (Pejuang) “Symbol of the fighting spirit in defending the country’s sovereignty”.
– Theme 2: Weapon (Senjata): “Upholding the power of traditional weapons used by the warriors of the homeland against invaders”.
– Theme 3: Courage (Nilai Keberanian): “Upholding the courage and heroism in the fighting spirit of the individual and the troops”.
It appears that the LCS Gowind class will be nammed after “Theme 1: Fighter”.
The ceremony took place in presence of many officials including Malaysia’s Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the RMN Chief of Navy Admiral Kamarul.
The keel of the first vessel was laid on March 8th 2016.
The first LCS Gowind frigate for the RMN was officially launched and named during a ceremony at Lumut shipyard. RMN picture.
(Excerpt) Read more at navyrecognition.com …
I’ve seen bigger yachts.
Maybe we should buy those instead of the littoral ships we’ve been building?
Maybe that one can find the missing Malaysian airliner….
But likely not as well armed.
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