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LCS Alternative-Q Ships!

June 3, 2009

Malaysia has stolen an idea from previous world wars, and placed it into the fight against piracy. Marine News reports:

Malaysia’s MISC Berhad, in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and the National Security Council (NSC), has successfully modified its containership Bunga Mas Lima into a RMN Auxiliary Vessel for the purpose of escorting and protecting MISC’s ships sailing through the Gulf of Aden.
The project was undertaken following last year’s hijacking of MISC’s ships Bunga Melati Dua and Bunga Melati 5…
The Bunga Mas Lima, a 699 TEU containership, is the first Malaysian merchant ship to be modified as an Auxiliary Vessel for TLDM.

For some reason, the reference to “Q-ships” was taken out of the updated article, but here is what it said:

The fact that MISC makes the point about sovereign immunity could just indicate that the ship will serve as a decoy vessel, or Q ship, to tempt pirates into making an attack and then meet more of a response than they were expecting.

Perhaps they didn’t want to tip off the pirates? Actually, Q-ships were not very successful, and as a substitute for convoys a complete failure, but we do love the fact that the Malays are thinking outside the box here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. west_rhino permalink
    June 4, 2009 1:34 pm

    Geez, where, oh where have I heard this idea before?

  2. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 4, 2009 6:07 am

    Sure, Lee and many of our enemies are poor, and not so particular how they send WMDs and cruise missiles to sea. Look at the Tamil Tiger “floating warehouses” which the Sri Lankan Navy spent so much effort in defeating, and crippled the terrorists’ war effort. The Insurgents are now transferring their proven tactics on land to the sea. With major warships in Western navies taking decades to enter service, a poor navy can patch a fleet together in less than a year, put it to sea and cause much damage. We have to learn to cope and keep up.

  3. leesea permalink
    June 3, 2009 10:03 pm

    Mike this is like a poor man’s version of my “armed naval auxiliary”. Much more like the STUFT ships that Britain used in the Falklands.
    I applaud the Malaysian Navy for thinking outside the box.
    Where is USN initiatives like this?


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