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Boustead & Royal Malaysian Navy Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for 2nd Gowind Frigate LCS - SGPV
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DCNS GOWIND LCS SGPV Malaysia TLDM
Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN or Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia; TLDM) held today the keel laying ceremony of the second Gowind frigate Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of the Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) program.
 
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Naval Industry News - Malaysia
 
 
 
Boustead & Royal Malaysian Navy Hold Keel Laying Ceremony for 2nd Gowind Frigate LCS - SGPV
 
Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) and the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN or Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia; TLDM) held today the keel laying ceremony of the second Gowind frigate Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) as part of the Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) program.
     
DCNS GOWIND LCS SGPV Malaysia TLDMKeel Laying 2nd Gowind LCS SGPV Malaysia TLDM 1Artist Impression of the future RMN Gowind frigate (top, DCNS picture)
Keel laying ceremony of the second Gowind frigate (bottom, Royal Malaysian Navy picture)
     
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Johari Baharum. Keel laying of the first vessel took place one year ago.

In early 2011, Malaysia launched the SGPV program with a budget of RM6 billion (US$1.9 billion) calling for six stealth frigates. Several foreign shipbuilders were bidding for the program. In late 2011, it was announced that the Gowind class design by DCNS had been chosen and that the SGPV program had been awarded to Boustead Naval Shipyard/DCNS.
     
Keel Laying 2nd Gowind LCS SGPV Malaysia TLDM 2Keel laying ceremony of the second Gowind frigate (bottom, Royal Malaysian Navy picture)
     
Based on the DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette design (also selected by the Egyptian Navy), the Royal Malaysian Navy future LCS will be slightly larger and thus classified as frigates (with a length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons). First ship of the class is set to be floated out and lowered in the water via a platform in December of 2018.
     
Keel Laying 2nd Gowind LCS SGPV Malaysia TLDM 3Keel laying ceremony of the second Gowind frigate (bottom, Royal Malaysian Navy picture)
     
The RMN recently held a poll to name the future vessels.

The scale model of the vessel on display during LIMA 2015 showed the following information:
Length overall: 111.00 m
Length waterline: 105.00 m
Beam Main Deck (1st Deck): 16.00 m
Beam design waterline: 14.20 m
Depth 1st deck: 8.30 m
Design draught: 3.85 m
Propulsion: CODAD
Maximum Speed: 28 knots
Survivability: Sea State 9

Royal Malaysian Navy Gowind class Frigate / SGPV / LCS technical datasheet