The Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) first Scorpene submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, has arrived at Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur after a 54-day voyage from France.

The submarine sailed from Toulon in France on 11 July, underwent 32 days of submersion, 12 days of surfacing and ten days of docking at ports and will arrive at the Sepanggar Bay Naval base on 17 September 2009.

The first Scorpene Class submarine with 32 crew members has joined the service of RMN and will be fully operational following a one-month trial in tropical waters.

The submersible warship was jointly built by French shipbuilder DCNS and its Spanish partner Navantia.