Myanmar Navy Acquires LPD Moattama for Amphibious Operations
Myanmar Navy has acquired, a Landing Platform Dock (LPD) “Moattama,”, which made a port of call in Vladivostok, Russia
An amphibious transport dock or landing platform/dock (LPD), is an amphibious warfare ship, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions.
Several navies currently operate LPDs.
Myanmar joins other navies in the ASEAN region that operate LPD-type ships including Indonesia and the Philippines which operate ships based on the Makassar-class, and Singapore and Thailand which both operate ships based on the Endurance-class design.
The LPD will provide the Myanmar Navy the capability to carry out independent amphibious operations as well as assistance for disaster relief if necessary with the large coast line of the country. It is also expected to be able to accommodate at least two Mi-17 medium helicopters in its flight deck.
The port call of the ship to Russia also underlines growing defence cooperation between the two countries as Moscow is willing to provide support in terms arms and munitions to Myanmar which has been shunned by the West for rights abuses.
Myanmar’s LPD was built in South Korea by DAE SUN Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Ltd. A contract for the Moattama was likely signed in early 2018, but the construction of the vessel for Myanmar became publicly known only after it was launched in Busan in July 2019. It was delivered in September of this year. It is making this port-of-call in Russia on its maiden voyage from South Korea, before reaching Myamar.
Its design is based on the South Korean-built Makassar-class of the Indonesian Navy but is visually closer to the Tarlak-class of the Philippine Navy. A total 10 ships of this type have been built so far for the navies of Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines, and now Myanmar. The design is said to be very affordable.
The visit of a Myanmar Navy vessel to Vladivostok is a first. The purpose of the visit is to strengthen the cooperation and friendship between the sailors of both countries, as well as the exchange of experience and discussion of further cooperation. “Hello, today we arrived in Russia and this is our very first visit. We are very pleased to be here to strengthen relations between our countries and the Armed Forces. I want to say thank you to all of you! ”
The vessel has a length of about 122 meters, a width of 22 meters for a total displacement of 11,300 tons. The vessel has an endurance of 30 days at sea and a range of 8,600 nautical miles. It is now the largest vessels in the Myanmar Navy fleet. As any LPD, the Moattama is designed for amphibious operations, transportation of personnel as well as disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. It has a well deck and two helicopter spots + hangar.