Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) first submarine KD Tunku Abdul Rahman (KD TAR), arrived at KD Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, naval base in Pulau Indah, Malaysia on September 03. The submarine received a grand welcome from Yang Di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, RMN captain-in-chief the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Scorpene (SSK) on delivery by French military shipyard DCNS, left France on July 09. submarine acquisition by Malaysia will not set off a submarines race in the region as neighbouring countries like Singapore has four submarines and Vietnam has ordered six Kilo-class submarines. Malaysia’s development of a submarine base at Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah indicates that the submarine would be active in the South China Sea.
Commemorative stamps and first-day covers of KD Tunku Abdul Rahman were also released as part of the event.
View some video clips:
- KD Tunku Abdul Rahman historic Day in Malaysia-TV1 Berita Nasional 8 Malam 3
- KDrahman – Welcome Ceremony for KD Tunku Abdul Rahman at Port Klang Malaysia on Sep 03, 2009.
All the above images are from POS, Malaysia.
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