First LCS to be handed over to Navy in August 2026, says Khaled


LUMUT: The Maharaja Lela-class littoral combat ship (LCS) 1 is expected to be handed over to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) in August 2026, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The Defence Minister said the construction of the country's first LCS had met the planned milestone.

He said the ship was successfully launched into the water on May 23 after receiving approval from the design team, quality control authorities, and the end user, which is the Royal Malaysian Navy.

"Now, it's about installing equipment and tools on the ship. Some have already been installed.

"After that, in December, harbour trials will be conducted, and after all equipment is installed, sea trials will be conducted. According to the plan, the first ship will be handed over to the navy in August 2026," he told a press conference after inspecting the ship's construction progress at Lumut Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (LUNAS) here on Tuesday (June 4).

Mohamed Khaled added that the construction of the remaining four LCS was also progressing well in accordance with the established plans.

Earlier, in a separate event, he handed over contributions to the families of the victims of the helicopter tragedy on April 23.

Meanwhile, in a separate event, Mohamed Khaled also mingled with the Lumut Naval Base personnel and presented a mock cheque for RM38.04mil to its commander First Admiral Jamaludin Sairi, for this year’s maintenance of the Armed Forces Family Housing and the Lumut Naval Base Accommodation Block. – Bernama

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