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Sealegs amphibious RIB completes Malaysian circumnavigation

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December 8, 2009

Malaysian commandos testing the Sealegs RIB just prior to the circumnavigation

Malaysian commandos testing the Sealegs RIB just prior to the circumnavigation

A specially built military class 7.1 meter Seaglegs amphibious RIB has completed a 1620 kilometer "circumnavigation" of the Malaysian Peninsula in a record time of 31 hours and 57 minutes. The boat completed its journey carrying up to ten Malaysian special forces commandos who are trialling the Sealegs to assess the capability and functionality of Sealegs amphibious craft for military purposes.

Sealegs CEO David McKee Wright, was part of the team that completed the historic journey which began from Pengkalan in North Eastern Malaysia and finished at the Langkawi Yacht Club, on the North West Coast. He said “I am very proud of the boat’s performance, particularly in light of the fact the vessel encountered large seas and was carrying up to ten soldiers at a time”. The Malaysian Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he was equally impressed with the boat. He said the Defence Ministry would assess the boat’s performance and make its recommendation to him. “I’ll then need to talk to the Finance Ministry about procurement”.

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