selepas berjaya ke iss dan makan rendang kat sana, kita dah ada kapal selam plak. bagus2. lepas ni kita boleh buat lawatan ke lumut tengok kapal selam. then gi pangkor. hahahhaahah 🙂
October 23, 2007 16:10 PM
A special report by Roslan Ariffin
PARIS, Oct 22 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s ambitious plans to have a submarine fleet to enhance the nation’s defence capabilities is bearing fruition, with the launch of its first submarine Tuesday.
Unveiling of the Scorpene-class underwater attack craft, is the highlight of a four-day visit to France by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
In keeping with the world’s age-old navy tradition under the British empire that only women should inaugurate a ship, Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, will have the honour of performing the customary launch by breaking a bottle across the bow of the vessel at DCNS dockyard in the port city of Cherbourg, about 350km from Paris, at 1pm local time (7pm Malaysia time).
Rosmah will also officially name the state-of-the-art submarine as “KD Tunku Abdul Rahman”, after Malaysia’s first prime minister.
The first of the two submarines ordered for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), the 67.5m-long submarine equipped with torpedoes, sub-surface-to-surface missiles and sea mines, is manned by only a 31-member crew due to high level of automation.
Malaysia ordered for two brand-new Scorpene submarines for RM3.4 billion in 2002 which were jointly built by French shipbuilding giant Defence Conseil National and its Spanish partner, Navantia.
The RMN is expected to take delivery of the vessel inaugurated today in January 2009 and is expected to arrive in Malaysia six months later.
The second submarine, to be named “KD Tun Razak” is expected to be handed over in October 2009 and arrive in the country in March 2010.
A second-hand reconditioned submarine “Quessant”, to be used for training purposes, was booked under an agreement with a Malaysian company “Armaris”.
The electricity and diesel-powered Scorpene submarine, capable of operating under 350-metre deep water for 40 straight days, is suitable to be deployed in South China Sea and Straits of Melaka.
The new generation Scorpene submarine seen as “adding another feather on the cap” of the navy will surely add more firepower to the navy to protect the country’s territorial waters from being encroached into by foreign submarines.
It will complement the navy’s current fleet of patrol crafts in meeting the challenges of sea operations.
Currently, only Singapore has four Sewdish-made submarines, while Indonesia is to take delivery of four submarines from South Korea in a few years.
Malaysia’s Scorpene submarines are expected to be based at the RM690 million navy base in Sepanggar Bay in Sabah. The 390-hectare base is the biggest navy facility for the Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan territorial waters.
Following acquisition of the submarine, the RMN has established a special submarine unit tasked with the administration of the squadron, training school and logistics for the submarines.
Currently, a 142-member navy crew and officers are undergoing a four-year training programme at the DCN Dockyard in Brest, about 500km from here, to operate the Scorpene submarines.