KOTA KINABALU – The Bunga Mas Lima (BM5), a container freighter that had been converted into an auxiliary ship is ready to be deployed to the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).
Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief, Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said the ship which is the first of its kind in Malaysia, would be optimised for monitoring and surveillance activities.
It is equipped with various facilities including a helipad for large helicopters such as EC725 and Nuri.
It is also capable of fast action in assisting maritime security personnel such as the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and RMN against any threat.
“We cannot delay the handing over process. The ship must be used as soon as possible particularly with regard to the present circumstances.
“We need to assure the people in Sabah that the Malaysian Armed Forces are fully prepared to safeguard the security of the country,” he told reporters at the official handing over of the ship at the navy base in Sepanggar here yesterday.
The admiral received the ship from Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC) Bhd, Malaysia chief executive officer Yee Yang Chien.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Kamarulzaman said construction of the maintenance facility for the RMN’s submarines here took 16 months and was fully completed in early January this year.
He said the project consisted of three blocks which housed seven workshops, for piping; hull; machining; combat systems; composite; painting; and battery, as well as an office and changing rooms.
“We now have an infrastructure for maintenance of Scorpene-class submarines, which is considered the most complete in Southeast Asia,” he said.