KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia will take its fourth delivery of the Chinese-built littoral mission ship (LMS) following its completion, the Malaysian Navy said on Wednesday.
The ship has been successfully launched at the shipyard of Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group in Wuhan, China on Wednesday, the Malaysian Navy said in a statement, adding that the handover ceremony will be held in November of next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The fourth LMS will undergo a series of acceptance trials in port, followed by at sea acceptance trials before being handed to the navy in November 2021. The crew of the fourth LMS is expected to be sent to China for familiarization training in early April 2021," it said.
The LMS is a class of large patrol vessel for patrol, anti-terrorism, rescue and protection of fishery activities. According to the contract signed in 2017, China would design and build a total of four LMS for the Malaysian Navy as the first large military equipment order between China and Malaysia.