07 Agustus 2010
KD Sri Indera Sakti, KD Lekiu, KD Lekir, KD Mahamiru, KD Ledang, KD Sri Gaya, KD Perak, KD Terengganu, KD Pahang, and KD Kedah also join in this naval exercise (photo : azwin yuza)
KOTA KINABALU, -- Malaysia's first submarine, the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman made its debut in an integrated Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) exercise in the South China Sea, which ended Friday.
The exercise among others involved 10 RMN warships besides Super Lynx and Fennec helicopters, RMN said in a statement here.
Super Lynx medium ASW helicopter (photo : airliners)
"Now that we have our own submarines, RMN no longer needs to depend on the submarines of other navies to conduct sub-hunting manoeuvres.
"Also involved in the exercise were naval commandos, divers, an air defence team, two Hawk fighters, a Beechcraft maritime aircraft and Nuri helicopters from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). Overall it involved over 1,000 RMN and RMAF personnel," said RMN.
AS-555SN light ASW helicopter (photo : airliners)
RMN added that such integrated exercises were normally conducted three times a year but had been reduced to just once this year to save costs.