LIMA’17 Maritime Segment Opens With Gracing Ceremony



LANGKAWI, Mar 22 – The Maritime Segment of Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2017 (LIMA’17) officially opens yesterday afternoon with a Gracing Ceremony and a demonstration by the elite forces of Malaysia’s security enforcement agencies.

Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak had officiated the event, which also involved major exhibitors such as THALES, MAST, ACS and SAAB, showcasing the latest technologies in defence products. This year’s opening gimmick had the elite forces searching for a box containing a key for the Prime Minister to activate the launch sequence.

The key was located using technologically-advanced, unmanned equipment that assisted the forces, including from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), and was handed over to the Chief of Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Haji Ahmad Badaruddin who then handed it to the Prime Minister.

Following the launch, a live action demonstration from the RMN Special Forces, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Marine Department of Malaysia with the setting being a hostage rescue mission at sea. Also present were Minister of Defence YB Dato’ Sri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, ministry representatives as well as exhibitors and delegates.

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