We have mentioned the Royal Malaysian Navy auxiliary cruiser Bunga Mas Lima previously in a Ship Spotting post.
She is proof that the Malaysians have the good sense to choose a large,long legged,helicopter capable vessel for use on the huge expanses of the Indian Ocean.
Those with less foresight and understanding continue to push for "small water" warships to be used in these "big water" areas.
Such an approach is logistically demanding and tactically limiting.
Big ships like the 10,000 tonne plus Bunga Mas Lima have the range and endurance for long range counter piracy escort in the vastness of the World's oceans without the need for an expensive "fleet train" to support them.
Bunga Mas Lima has been in the news recently.
Yesterday she stormed a hijacked vessel,freeing it's crew and capturing the pirates into the bargain.
Well done the Royal Malaysian Navy.