Malaysian Submarine Completes First Sea Trials

29 March 2010 (Last Updated March 29th, 2010 18:30)

The Royal Malaysian Navy's Scorpene Class submarine Tunku Abdul Rahman has completed its first sea trials off the Malaysian coast. DCNS submarine division head Pierre Quinchon said the trials demonstrated that the Royal Malaysian Navy had successfully established the country's first ever

The Royal Malaysian Navy's Scorpene Class submarine Tunku Abdul Rahman has completed its first sea trials off the Malaysian coast.

DCNS submarine division head Pierre Quinchon said the trials demonstrated that the Royal Malaysian Navy had successfully established the country's first ever submarine force, according to defenceworld.net.

The 67.5m-long submarine has a displacement capacity of 1,550t and can accommodate a crew of 31.

The recent trials, followed by scheduled maintenance at its home port, have confirmed the operational readiness of the submarine and its capability for underwater service.

In June 2002, the Malaysian Government signed a contract with DCNS for two Scorpene submarines and associated logistics and training.