KD Sri Perak will be launched tomorrow

Tomorrow, HRH Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuf Izzuddin Shah, the Paduka Seri Sultan of Perak will launch TLDM’s Kedah Class New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) KD Sri Perak at TLDM Naval Base in Lumut Perak. HRH Tuanku Bainun Mohd. Ali, the Sultanah of Perak will grace the ship with the concotion of ‘air yassin’ and there will be ‘adat menepung tawar’.

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The Kedah Class F 173 KD Sri Perak is a 1650 ton Meko 100 Class NGPV, third in its class after KD Sri Kedah and KD Sri Pahang. It is fitted with a rapid fire 76mm Oto Melara main gun and 30mm Oerlikon secondary gun. It is also provided-for-but-not-with an anti ship and aircraft missile system, for future operations. The vessel is manned by 78 crew and has the capacity to carry a helicopter. This is the first vessel in this class which was completely built by PSC Naval Dockyards Sdn. Bhd., now under LTAT. The first two were built by Blohm & Voss and HDW in Germany, and then completed at the PSC Naval Dockyards facility in Lumut, Perak. The first one was F 171 KD Sri Kedah, which was launched in Lumut 21 March 2003. F 172 KD Sri Pahang was launched 2 October 2003.

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This the second ship in TLDM named as “KD Sri Perak“. The first one was a Vosper Class PC, which sank of the coast of Pulau Tambilan in the South China Sea on 8 January 1984 in rough weather. She was under the command of Lt. M. Chandran. Three crew are still missing till present day. The 26 remaining crew were drifting in rough seas for 72 hours before they were rescued. She was on a mission from Woodlands Naval Base to Labuan along with KD Hang Tuah and KD Sri Terengganu.

One of the surviving crew of the original KD Sri Perak is Kept. Abd. Rahman Ayob, TLDM. He is now the Director or Submarine Nucleus Project Team in TLDM HQ, MINDEF and would be attending the launching tomorrow. The Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Defense Minister and Chief of Navy Laksmana Tan Sri Ramlan Mohamed Ali, TLDM, would also be present at the ceremony.

Published in: on November 11, 2007 at 21:33  Comments (4)