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Wednesday March 27, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 2:04:30 PM
Visitors have started to make a beeline to Porto Malai in Langkawi to view warships up close with the opening of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) Exhibition 2013.
The maritime segment of the five-day Lima 2013 there is already open to the public from its first day yesterday while the aerospace segment at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) will only be open to the public on Friday and Saturday.
Among the VIPs who came were the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, Raja Puan Muda Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil and their two children.
They visited Malaysian naval ship KD Jebat and were briefed by its commanding officer Captain Abdul Halim Shaari during a one-hour tour on board.
The KD Jebat, KBD Darussalam from Brunei and the Kri Beladau from Indonesia are open for public visits today.
KD Kelantan, BNS Dhaleshwari from Bangladesh and HTMS Phuket from Thailand will be open for visits on Thursday and Friday.
The ships open for public viewing on Saturday are KD Kelantan, KD Perantau and HTMS Phuket.
A total of 64 ships and boats are on display. A ferry is available at the Porto Malai jetty to take the public on free rides for a closer look at the ships anchored offshore.
The ferry can carry up to 180 passengers at one time and its daily schedule is at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
The are also demonstrations twice daily at 10am and 2pm until Friday while only the 10am session is available on Saturday. The demonstrations include formation of boats for surveillance, anti-terrorist and anti-smuggling activities.
At the MIEC, 433 exhibitors are taking part in the aerospace exhibition which also features 78 aircraft on display on the tarmac.
The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm on both days. Entry is RM10 per person. There will be two sessions of aerial displays on both days, from 10am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.
For details, log on to www.lima.com.my or www.navy.mil.my.
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