KOTA KINABALU: Badik is an iconic traditional dagger of the archipelago which was widely used in battles to defend the kingdom against marauding conquerors.
Therefore, it is apt that the third Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) of the country is named KD Badik, which was commissioned yesterday, to take the spirit of the weapon to defend the nation’s waters and people from intruders and invaders.
The LMS is a type of fast patrol vessel primarily used for coastal security.
Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany officiated at the commissioning of KD Badik, which is headed by its commanding officer Cdr Mohd Sharedzwan Saharudin, at the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) base here.
Admiral Mohd Reza said KD Badik is under the patron of the Eastern Fleet Command Headquarters and is placed under RMN 11th LMS Squadron at the base with two other LMS ships, the KD Keris and KD Sundang, Bernama reported.
He said KD Badik, which began construction on Sept 18, 2019, in China, was handed over to the Malaysian government on Sept 14, and it would be boosting the strength of the navy’s armada in protecting the marine sovereignty of the country.
“The LMS ship is seen as being more suitable to operate in the waters of Eastern Fleet Command Headquarters as LMS ships fulfil the task needed by RMN, and apart from the three, we will have one more LMS ship on schedule to be ready in December.
“The fourth LMS is completed. We are conducting training and after the training is completed, we will sail it home and name it Rencong, the name of a ship which was decommissioned like the Badik, and we are reusing the name to commemorate the service of the ship,” he said in a media conference after the ceremony.
He said KD Badik started sailing on Sept 18 from China and after covering 1,836 nautical miles, arrived at the Sepanggar naval base on Sept 25 before being commissioned yesterday.
Asked about the need to place the LMS ship squadron in the Sepanggar base in Sabah and not the Lumut base in Perak, Admiral Mohd Reza said it was part of the preparation of the navy to face future threats.
“We have to be ready for such threats; the country cannot afford to be unprepared. I cannot say what is the threat but the threat will come any time, whether we know it or not,” he added.
He said apart from LMS ships, RMN is also scheduled to receive two AW139 helicopters early next year that will also be placed at the Sepanggar base.