Coronavirus: Malaysian Navy staff to return home from China

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is making an arrangement to bring back 15 Navy personnel who are currently in Qidong, Shanghai in view of the CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in Wuhan, China recently.

RMN in its statement on Jan 30 said, for health security, RMN is constantly in contact with the staff to get the latest updates of the virus and to ensure that no one is infected.

“RMN has sent 45 future crew/staff for the second LMS ship (SUNDANG) since 5th November 2019 to Qidong, Shanghai for assimilation before the ship is commissioned and back to Malaysia by mid-April 2020.

“Fifteen people are still in Qidong while the rest have returned to Malaysia since 17 January 2020 following the Chinese New Year celebration. About 57 personnel have been involved in the Project of Building LMS RMN since July 8, 2017,” said the statement.

The Royal Malaysian Navy also declared that all of its littoral mission ship (LMS) crew from China were not infected by the deadly novel coronavirus.

The LMS is one of the five ships in the Armada Transformation Programme 15 to 5 RMN. The purchase contract of four LMS has been made between the Ministry of Defence with BNSSB on 23 March 2017, with the cooperation of China Shipbuilding &Offshore International Co. Ltd. (CSOC).

This contract is the first defence asset purchase capital project from China. The second ship (SUNDANG) is scheduled to be handed over to the Malaysian government on April 2020 while the third and the fourth in mid-2021.

Meanwhile, RMN also expressed its concern on the spreading of invalid information about CoronaVirus that was linked to the LMS project to the extent members of the public became confused over the issue. – Malaysia World News

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