KD Tunku Abdul Rahman launched

The first of Perdana Menteri Class SSK Scorpene submarines, named KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, was launched at DCNS shipyard, Arsenal, Cherbourg, France yesterday. A mixture of ‘Air Yassin‘ and water from the holy Zam-Zam well in Mecca, was used to launch the new vessel, instead of the customary champagne.


This is the DCNS official statement from the French:

Baptême du premier Scorpène pour la Malaisie

Paris, le 23 octobre 2007

Aujourd’hui sur le site DCNS de Cherbourg, le premier des deux sous-marins de type Scorpène commandés par la Marine malaisienne a été baptisé Tunku Abdul Rahman* par le Ministre de la Défense malaisien Najib Tun Razak, en présence des autorités malaisiennes et françaises.

Jalon important du contrat signé le 5 juin 2002 entre le gouvernement de la Malaisie et DCNS, cette cérémonie marque symboliquement la fin de la construction du bâtiment. D’ici quelques semaines, après avoir testé à quai ses installations, il sera prêt à entamer ses essais à la mer. La livraison de ce premier sous-marin est prévue en janvier 2009 à la Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). La livraison du deuxième sous-marin est prévue pour fin 2009.

Les deux bâtiments, d’une longueur de 67,5 m et d’un déplacement de 1550 tonnes, seront conduits par un équipage malaisien réduit de 31 hommes pour une autonomie de 45 jours. Les formations des équipages sont calées pour que la Marine soit prête à prendre possession de ses bâtiments en cohérence avec le calendrier de construction des sous-marins.

Ce nouveau programme de sous-marins Scorpène confirme le savoir-faire reconnu de DCNS dans la maîtrise d’œuvre de programmes navals complexes. Avec 10 unités vendues dans le monde, le Scorpène est une référence mondiale en matière de sous-marins conventionnels (2 pour le Chili, 2 pour la Malaisie, 6 pour l’Inde).

Conçus par DCNS, ces sous-marins font l’objet d’un développement en commun avec le constructeur naval espagnol Navantia. Construits en France et en Espagne, ils répondent au même processus industriel. Ils bénéficient des innovations développées ces dernières années sur d’autres programmes et rassemblent les technologies les plus avancées, notamment dans les domaines de l’hydrodynamisme, de la discrétion acoustique et de l’automatisation. Leur conception modulaire permet de s’adapter à des profils de missions et des exigences variées.
* Tunku Abdul Rahman, né le 8 février 1903 et décédé le 6 décembre 1990, aussi appelé le Père de l’Indépendance ou le Père de la Malaisie, a été Premier Ministre de la Fédération de Malaisie à partir de 1955 puis Premier Ministre à partir de l’Indépendance en 1957 et jusqu’à son retrait de la vie publique en 1970.


Bernama.com has the story:


October 24, 2007 01:19 AM  

Submarines Will Expand Malaysia’s Naval Capabilities – Najib


From Roslan Ariffin

CHERBOURG, (France) Oct 24 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday the Scorpene class submarine to be delivered in 2009 will significantly expand Malaysia’s naval capabilities and usher the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) into a new era of development and progress.

“It is crucial for Malaysia to have a small but credible and effective naval force not only to safeguard its sovereignity and maritime interests against any eventuality but more importantly contribute to the maritime security and safety in the region,” he said at the launch and naming of Malaysia’s first Scorpene submarine at the DCN Shipyard, here.

Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, launched the submarine which was named after Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Najib said the introduction of the Scorpene submarine would certainly strengthen RMN’s naval capability.

He said the submarine acquisition would also contribute significantly towards creating a more balanced capability of the Malaysian Defence Forces.

He also said that this first submarine, named “KD Tunku Abdul Rahman” was to symbolize historic events and Tunku’s great contributions to the country as “Bapa Kemerdekaan” (Malaysia’s father of independence).

“I’m also pleased to announced that the Malaysian government has agreed to name this class of submarine as the Prime Minister’s class.

“This is in recognition of the late Tunku’s contribution in leading the country to independence. His courage, wisdom and foresight managed to steer our nation to what it is today,” he said.

Najib also thanked the French government and the French Navy for the support and cooperation in helping the Malaysian Armed Forces on its modernisation programme and sharing submarine technology.

“Malaysia and France have enjoyed a very long and good relationship. France was one of the first fifteen countries to recognize Malaysia after its independence.

“It is my sincere hope this cooperation will continue to be developed and further enhanced,” he added.


This is The Star’s report on the same subject:


MYT 11:02:07 PM

Malaysia’s first submarine launched

CHERBOURG(France): Malaysia’s first Scorpene submarine was launched Tuesday, signifying yet another leap in the nation’s pursuit of new technology.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, named after the country’s first prime minister, was unveiled in a historic ceremony at the DCNS dockyard here, about 400km from Paris.

In keeping with maritime tradition, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor broke a bottle of water against the submarine’s sail to signify the official launching and naming of the vessel.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s wife then unveiled a plaque with the submarine’s name and called upon “Allah to bless her and all who serve and sail with her”.

Accompanying her were Royal Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ramlan Mohamed Ali, DCNS chairman Jean-Marie Poimbeouf and Submarine Force Project Team head Laksamana Pertama Rosland Omar.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, French Defence Minister Herve Morin, Defence Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal and senior officials from both countries witnessed the ceremony.

Later, the VIPs toured the submarine, which is equipped with torpedoes, sub-surface to surface missiles and sea mines.

The vessel was one of two bought by Malaysia in 2002, with both being jointly constructed by DCNS of France and Navantia of Spain.

In his speech, Najib said the submarine was named after the Tunku in recognition of his contribution in leading the country to independence.

“His courage, wisdom and foresight had steered our nation to what it is today,” he added.

He said the submarine acquisition was part of the Malaysian Armed Forces’ modernisation programme, which could contribute significantly towards creating a more balanced capability.

As a maritime nation and given its geographical setting, it is inevitable that Malaysia’s national interests and security concerns are closely related and associated with the seas, he said.

He said commercially, more than 90% of the country’s domestic and international trades were dependent on sea transportation.

On the seabed lie underwater pipelines that transport Malaysia’s oil and gas ashore as well as cables that link major international communication networks.

“It is thus crucial for Malaysia to have a small but credible and effective naval force to not only safeguard its sovereignty and maritime interests but also contribute to the region’s maritime security and safety,” he added.

Najib said the project signified a major leap into high technology defence acquisition, providing the impetus for the local industry to acquire cutting-edge technological knowledge and expertise.

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is set to sail home, manned by the country’s first submarine crew in January 2009 while the second vessel, to be named KD Tun Razak, is expected to be delivered by October 2009.


TLDM now has strategic weapon capabilities when this squadron will start to be operationalised by January 2009. The second submarine, named KD Tun Razak currently is being built in Navantia Izar shipyards in Cartagena, Spain and expected to be operationalised by early 2010, latest. The electronics, sensors and communications are being supplied by Armaris where else the state-of-the-art Blackshark torpedoes are supplied by French-Italian firm Whitehead Alenia. MBDA provide the submarine with underwater-launched SM 39 Exocets anti-shipping missiles.

The decision to acquire this strategic weapon was made in 1999 by then Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, with the strong backing of then Chief of Navy, Laksmana Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdul Jamal, TLDM. The 950 million Euro package was signed between DCNi, Armaris and Perimekar Sdn. Bhd. and the Malaysian Government. LTAT CEO Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin represented Perimekar while the Chief Secretary of MINDEF Tan Sri Hashim Meon, represented the Malaysian Government at the signing ceremony which was held in Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur June 2002.

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