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Malaysia reveals details of navy fleet renewal…but where’s the money?

5th December 2018 - 00:41 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur

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On 30 November, Adm Mohamad Reza Mohamad Sany took command of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) at a period where it faces significant operational, development and transformational challenges. The RMN fleet is inadequate in size for Malaysia’s extensive maritime zones, with only 41 ships and two submarines that average 30 years in age.

Sany’s predecessor sought to overcome this fleet issue with the 15-to-5 fleet transformation plan, in which 15 different ship classes would reduce to five in a 55-vessel fleet by 2050. Reza stated on 3 December that this plan would be followed under his tenure, but added the …

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