The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA's) patrol and surveillance capabilities will soon be boosted with the delivery of three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) supplied by a local company, and an ex-Ojika-class ship from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).
Malaysian company THHE Destini has been awarded a MYR738.9 million (USD166 million) contract by the government to supply the OPVs, while the ex-JCG vessel, formerly known as Erimo with pennant number PL 02, was formally handed over to the MMEA on 19 January in Hiroshima, Japan.
The three new OPVs will need to be delivered, tested, and commissioned within 42 months from the date of contract award, while the ex-JCG ship is scheduled to arrive in Malaysia in the later part of 2017 after crew familiarisation and training.
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