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Malaysia launches first LCS

25th August 2017 - 00:01 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur


Malaysia’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Maharaja Lela, was launched in a formal ceremony on 24 August at the Boustead Naval Shipyard facility in Lumut. 

Maharaja Lela is scheduled for April 2019 delivery to the Royal Malaysian Navy following sea and firing trials, with all six ships scheduled to be delivered by 2023. The second LCS, yet to be named, had its keel laid in February.

The ship is named after a 19th century Malay chieftain who fought British colonial rule, and the remaining ships will also be named after historical figures.

Based on the Naval Group Gowind design, the

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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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