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ADECS 2018: Malaysia realigns naval assets to improve security in the east

23rd January 2018 - 01:01 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur


The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will permanently station four of its six Kedah-class Next Generation Patrol Vessels (NGPV) and four yet-to-be-constructed Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) in East Malaysia as part of efforts to strengthen maritime security.

Speaking at a press conference on 16 January, the RMN’s Eastern Fleet Commander, VADM Syed Zahiruddin Putra, said that, subsequent to the establishment of his command last April, the MoD and RMN had made this decision about the four NGPVs.

Previously, the RMN only had several fast attack craft and patrol boats permanently stationed in East Malaysia, while its NGPVs, corvettes and frigates

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Dzirhan Mahadzir


Dzirhan Mahadzir

Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who …

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