Navy drowns submarine doubts

Modified 15 Nov 2019, 4:11 am

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has again stressed that its two Scorpene submarines remain in good condition as part of its fleet to protect the country's maritime borders.

RMN's Strategic Communications Department said in a statement yesterday that its two diesel-electric attack submarines - KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Razak - have so far recorded 11,600 hours underwater.

"How could certain parties say our submarines are incapable of submerging? Malaysians should support our navy officers who would sacrifice their lives to protect our borders," RMN said.

It further reiterated the Scorpene's unique features and technology, built to model the French navy's nuclear submarine, Le Triomphant.

"The concept, built and design of this submarine has made it a force to be reckoned with and create a deterrence factor, in line with the national defence policy and maritime defence strategy," the statement added.

"It is capable of restricting sea connectivity to prevent the logistical movements of enemies and respond to threats from enemies by using modern weapons, including missiles and torpedoes launched from under the sea surface." 

On Wednesday, Defence Forces Chief General Zulkifli Zainal Abidin was accompanied by RMN Chief Admiral Mohd Reza Mohd Sany aboard the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman in the waters off the South China Sea.

Acquisition of the Scorpene submarines during the time of BN had been marred with controversies and the Pakatan Harapan government had, since taking over power last year, pledged to cooperate with any investigating authorities, including in France.

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