KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) in a statement today says the delay in the completion of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) project has left a negative impact on the capabilities of the combat navy fleet.
As the end user, it said the findings had dampened the morale of all those in the Navy, who require these LCS ships to carry out their responsibilities effectively.
The statement was issued as an immediate response to the Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) finding on the LCS project worth RM6 billion.
"LCS acquisition is a critical one to preserve the sovereignty and security of the country.
"RMN would like to call on all parties to join hands and support the smooth implementation of this project in order to preserve sovereignty and safety," it said.
It added that it welcomed the recommendations presented by the PAC and wanted the best move forward in the LCS project.
It said the LCS was needed the advance combat capabilities so in line with the development of the regional geostrategic and geopolitical security landscape.
"RMN appreciates the decision made by the government to continue this project in the interests of the national sovereignty and supports investigation into any leak in this project," it said.