Inside the Boustead Naval Shipyard
A look at the Boustead Naval Shipyard, which is under scrutiny over a project for six littoral combat ships for the navy, none of which has been delivered so far.
Photographs by Ahmad Sadiq Mohamad Sani
The headquarters of the Boustead Naval Shipyard, on the navy base in Lumut, Perak. BNS was awarded a RM9 billion contract for six ships in 2011 as part of the navy's renewal plan.
Components of littoral combat ships are stored in a warehouse in the shipyard. The first of the six vessels was slated to be delivered by April 2019, with the remaining five to be handed over at six-month intervals until 2023.
A BNS officer stands guard among the crates containing the equipment for the LCS. BNS has rubbished claims that 15% of the equipment is obsolete.
The water chiller plant for a LCS, stored under a tarp in a warehouse.
A crate containing a small calibre gun for a LCS is stored at the warehouse as well, with a delivery date of October 2018.
Officers pull shut the gate of one of the warehouses where equipment for the LCS is stored.
A security officer stands beside one of the parts for the body of the second LCS (LCS2) at its dock in Lumut.
The first LCS, still under construction, lies at the dock in Lumut. Measuring 111m with a displacement value of 3,100 tonnes, it will be the largest and most modern surface combatant in the navy so far once delivered – longer and more capable than the Lekiu-class frigate.
LCS1 was 60% complete as of April this year.
LCS1, dubbed the KD Maharaja Lela, is one of six stealth frigates being built for the navy.
The hangar for LCS1, still under construction as well.
The interior of LCS1, where the main switchboard will be located.
The basic structure of the ship is up although the vessel itself is still incomplete.
BNS officers stand guard up top on the LCS1 frigate.
A model of a LCS displayed at the BNS headquarters.
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