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Malaysia Takes Delivery Of Its First Submarine

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Malaysia Takes Delivery Of Its First Submarine

Postby Albion » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:32 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has taken delivery of its first submarine -- a Scorpene built by French military shipyard DCNS in partnership with Spanish shipyard Navantia.

A Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) statement today said Nazri Siron, secretary of the Defence Ministry's Procurement Division, headed a team which took delivery of the submarine, named KD Tunku Abdul Rahman after Malaysia's first prime minister, at the French naval base in Toulon, France, last Saturday.

The team also comprised First Admiral Khairudin Khalid, director-general of the Engineering Division, and members of the RMN submarine project team.

At the ceremony, DCNS was represented by its Scorpene project director Didier Husson and Navantia by its managing director Manuel Filgureira.

Chief of Navy Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Jaafar witnessed the hand-over.

Abdul Aziz congratulated the crew of the submarine on their having surpassed all obstacles and challenges in qualifying to become the crew of the nation's first submarine.

The Scorpene, a conventional submarine built in Cherbourg, France, can monitor the country's waters to a depth of between 100 and 200 metres, the statement said.

It also said that the submarine was equipped with six torpedo tubes, which can fire simultaneously, anti-ship surface missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes.

The vessel has the capacity to carry 10 torpedoes and 30 mines, it added.

Malaysia has ordered another similar submarine, named KD Tun Razak after the country's second prime minister.
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