KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Ship (KD) LEKIR owned by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) that launched missile EXOCET MM40 direct to its target in the waters of Hawaii, United States (US) on 12th July 2022 had created history as it was the first time RMN asset made a missile shot outside the Malaysian waters.
The Strategic Communications RMN Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur Branch in its statement said, the corvette from “kasturi” class ship was in its current training series Sinking Exercise (SINKEX) in the sea Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022.
The statement added, the shot had been witnessed by the Chief of Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany and Deputy Chief West Armada, First Admiral Farizal Myeor at K. Mark Takai Pacific Warfighting Center at Ford Island, Hawaii.
“For the SINKEX training, the target used was Ex-USS Rodney M. Davis a Guided Missile Frigate from Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP) class.
“RIMPAC provides a platform to elevate interoperability between the Navies that take part. The participation is an experience and value added to the professionalism of the KD LEKIR crew,” Chief of RMN said.
Meanwhile KD LEKIR had launched a similar missile on 22nd May 2022 during the TAMING SARI 21/22 Exercise in the North of Straits of Melaka as a preparation to enter the 28th RIMPAC this time.
“After two weeks at the port, RIMPAC participants had gone out for training in the sea for 22 days starting from 11th July 2022 involving 37 ships, four submarines and more than 170 airplanes belonging to 26 countries.
“This is the second time RMD participated in RIMPAC after KD LEKIU took part in 2018. This biggest international maritime exercise is an opportunity to undergo training together with several countries besides strengthening the cooperation networks among participants,” Mohd Reza said.-Malaysia World News