Confirmed: Malaysia To Buy Multirole Support Ships

By Aishah Mohmad Afandi

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) - Multirole Support Ships will soon be helping to safeguard Malaysian waters, said naval chief Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin.

He confirmed the decision of the government to acquire the MRSS after being informed by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, and referred to his tweet, which read:

"#15to5 on track! #LMS (Littoral Mission Ships) ready to go #MRSS next. Thank you Sir! @HishammuddinH2O."

The Royal Malaysian Navy is reducing its fleet from 15 to five classes of vessels. Old ships which are too expensive to maintain are being retired and sold, with the money used to buy new vessels.

Last Thursday, after the retreat in Subang Jaya to discuss with armed forces brass the future directions of the ministry, Hishammuddin told reporters that new assets must be purchased by 2020.....