The Myanmar Navy (MN) has commissioned its first guided-missile frigate with low observable radar characteristics.

UMS (Union of Myanmar Ship) Kyansitthar (or Kyan-Sit-Thar ), with pennant number F12, was commissioned on 31 March at Thanlyin naval station near Yangon, just two days after the launch of the third frigate UMS Sin Phyu Shin (F14).

The commissioning is a significant milestone in Myanmar’s fast-developing indigenous programme, through which the country is looking to develop a blue-water capability to protect its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and offshore energy interests.

The commissioning ceremony was presided over by the deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces (Tatmadaw), army commander Senior General Soe Win, and MN commander-in-chief Admiral Thura Thet Swe, according to official media reports.