Khaled: First LCS will be handed to Navy in August of 2026

LUMUT: According to Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, the Royal Malaysian Navy is expecting to receive the Maharaja Lela class littoral battle ship (LCS 1) in August 2026.

The Minister of Defence said that the first LCS built in the country had reached the milestone.

The Royal Malaysian Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy’s end-user, as well as the quality control authorities and design team approved the launch of the ship on 23 May.

Now, the next step is to install equipment and tools aboard the ship. Some of the equipment has already been installed.

After that, harbour tests will be performed in December and, after all the equipment has been installed, sea testing will be done. The plan states that the first ship is expected to be delivered to the navy by August 2026,” he said at a Tuesday (4 June) press conference, after inspecting progress on the ship construction at Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd.

Mohamed Khaled said that construction on the four remaining LCSs was progressing according to the plans.

In a separate ceremony, he had earlier presented contributions to the families who lost loved ones in the helicopter crash on April 23, 2009.

In a separate ceremony, Mohamed Khaled met with personnel from the Lumut Naval Base and presented a mock check for RM38.04mil, to the commander, First Admiral Jamaludin Sairi. The cheque was for the maintenance of this year’s Armed Forces Family Housing as well as the Lumut Naval Base accommodation block.

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