Saturday, September 5, 2009

Welcome to Malaysia, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman

bIt's official, 3rd of Sept 2009 will be the proud moment for the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysian Navy, the first of our Scorpene class Submarines, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman has already arrived at National Hydrography Centre, Pulau Indah on 9.20 am. The sub sailed from Toulon, France on 11th of July for 54 days before arriving at Port Klang. KD TAR had made stopover at eddah, Djibouti and Cochin en route. The RMN officers and sailors had successfully completed their four years of stringent training in France.

KD TAR docked at Port Klang

The pioneer crew of KD TAR consist of 32 officers and sailors commandered by Cdr Zulhelmy Ithnain. The arrival of KD TAR were welcomed by Yang Di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, RMN's captain-in-chief Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) chief General Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin, RMN chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, and the family members of the submarine's crews.

Tuanku Mizan shaking hand with KD TAR crews

The multiracial crews of KD TAR
One of the KD TAR officer with his family members.

After the arrival, Tuanku Mizan and PM spent his time to visit inside the submarine.

Tuanku Mizan boarding the sub

PM boarding the sub

KD TAR will sail to the Lumut RMN base this saturday for a three-day stopover before its crew take a break for Hari Raya Puasa. It will then proceed to its home base at Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah.

Very proud to see Royal Malaysian Navy flag flying on top of the submarine

After the visit, Tuanku Mizan launched the commemorative stamps and first day covers in conjunction with the submarine's arrival in the country.
Tuanku Mizan Zainal officiates the launch of the commemorative stamps designed to mark this historical moment.

The second submarine, KD Tun Razak, is expected home in the end of this year. The procurement of the submarines will enhance the capabilities of the RMN. This will be the baby step into the era of development and progress. So, to all citizens, just sleep tight and rest assure that our waters is properly safeguarded by the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Hope for the RMN to be the best Armada in this region. Sedia Berkorban!!

*Technical details of the scorpene class submarine:
Displacement: 1450 tonnes (compact)
1,700 tonnes (normal)
2,000 tones (AIP)
Length: 59.4 m (compact)
66.4 m (normal)
76.2 m (AIP)
Propulsion: Diesel-Electric, Batteries, and AIP

20 knots (37 km/h) (submerged)

12 kn (22 km/h) (surfaced)

6,500 nautical miles (12,000 km) at 8 knots (surfaced)

550 nmi (1,020 km) at 5 knots (submerged)
Endurance: 40 days (compact)
50 days (normal)
50+21 days (AIP)
Test depth: >300 meters
Complement: 31
Armament: 6 x 533-mm torpedo tubes for 18 torpedoes or SM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles, 30 mines in place of torpedoes



  1. Whoaaaa..... i'm speechless!

    Thumbs up!

    Proud to be Malaysian

  2. Nice to have a Chinese blogger that fair and sincere in his writing. I hope to read more articles that will inspire us Malaysian's to understand each other.

  3. shahpaskal,
    thanks for ur comment and thanks a lot for the pics. actually i've just started with blogging...yeah i'll try to post more articles as long as time permitted :)

  4. proud moment for Malaysians! but don't know how much is the Scorpene class Submarine cost?

    its not a waste to own a submarine, but just look at our minister bad track records in term of corruptions...

  5. PK (Kpl) Joseph, ROTU U**September 8, 2009 at 3:32 AM

    There's always corruption not only in the purchase of millitary assets..even the procurement of these 2 scorpene class subs is very controversial...well, i don't want to discuss further of this controversial issues

    those currupt robber-baron minister make a lot of $$ flow into their filthy pocket from the development project for eg. PLKN camps, supply of laptops for teachers under PPSMI projects, low cost house project, this and that..u name it...

    even i'm politically blind, i can sense tht every project are the chances for those filthy politikus to earn a lot of profit enough to make their cronies n they themselve blown off their own tummy while the there are still rakyat who r starving...

    there's no way to stop all this corruption unless we have a coup d' etat like in Thailand to overthrow the corrupt Thailand's PM by the Royal Thai Army with the consent of Thai King. Even Yang Dipertuang Agong has got the power to do so, it's no way to be assured that the coup would b a bloodless one as in Thailand..even thre's no bloodbath, there'll b sure chaos and riots going on every place...
    so, just leave it as it to be...

    anyway, the price paid for the procurement of defence asset and development be it involve coruption have to be assumed as "acceptable" as defence is the utmost important aspect for a nation....for those filthy greedy robber baron politicians, just hope that they'll have bad karma in the next life or end up burned in hell......

  6. PK (Kpl) Joseph,

    Thanks for ur post, kadet, u seems to be a bit extreme but i like the way u think...well, to change our government, we need a reformation but then, it will costs a lot of lives and blood...well, Thai king's very powerful and berdaulat, Thailand citizens really support their king in the reformation..

    yeah, procurement of defence assets is very important no matter how much we have to pay..for sure, we all don't want to see someday when our land is being attacked and invaded by LANUNLAND (if u r an intermediate or senior cadet, u'll sure know this..if u r junior, lapor bilik inter :P), we don't have the latest weapons and millitary assets to counter the LANUNs. surely, Defend our nation is of the utmost importance!!!

    Thanks again for ur feed back..

    p.s. kadet, which univ's ROTU u're from? I'm ex-Army ROTU, frm UKM, had just being commisioned this year as 2Lt in UTM, Skudai..hope to know u more.

    p.p.s i like the term "politically blind"..well i think i can say that i'm politically blind as well...

  7. proud to be Malaysian, n never think in -ve way.
    we all serve 4 our country, so as all our next-gen will get the benefit from it.

    but, why on 3rd video, the date stated as 23 Sept? is it produced by malaysiandefence as stated? n the shooting quality was sooo n tooo bad.