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Thursday, 26 March 2009

MAWILLA 3 Receives Her First Corvette

KD Laksamana Tun Abdul Jamil Slowly Approaching The Navy Pier

Since operating from 28 August 2007, Markas Wilayah Laut 3 Or Command Naval Region 3(MAWILLA 3/COMNAV 3) Royal Malaysian Navy has managed to strenghten the security in the northern waters of the Malacca Straits. Such security focus is important in the area due to the high monthly traffic of an average of 6000 units of merchant shipping transiting the waters according to statistics. The waterway which faces the Indian Ocean is also strategic and vital as it is the northern gateway of the Melaka Straits for trading vessels. Located at Tanjung Gerak, Mawilla 3 is the third naval base for the RMN and is built on an area of 19 hectares with a 200 metres pier that can accomodate the largest RMN ships and the Laksamana class corvettes that will be based there. On 23rd March, the naval base received her first corvette, the KD Laksamana Tun Abdul Jamil that became the first navy vessel to dock at the navy pier that has only recently been completed. With the build up of assets at the naval base, those sailing the waters up north can now depend on a strong guardian to safeguard their security.


tin said...

hmmm... we should sent a PV for good measure. The Laksmana Class is heavily armed and will serve as a deterrence. but lacks the needed endurance for extended patrols. not to mention its suitability in combating piracy that is expected to rise in the near future.

mumuchi said...

I don't know. My understanding is that the PV's are to be based at KK. As it is, it seems the Navy does not have enough ships to properly strenghtened the 3 Mawilas, what more the planned number 4 without an urgent increase in their warships. Hopefully the second batch and other procurements being planned will happen soon.