RMN – Corvettes and Patrol Ships

Corvettes and Patrol Ships

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Kasturi Class Corvettes LOA 322′ TDISP 1850 tons (2 active, service since 1984) Significantly updated in 2009.

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KD Lekir (26) underway in the Strait of Malacca, June 2011. (USN official photo 110126-N-6320L-827 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicolas Lopez)via wikipedia.

Kasturi class cc lumut 2018

Laksamana Class Corvettes LOA 204′ TDISP 675 tons (4 active, service since 1997)

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KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin in Sandakan Bay, 2013. Credit: © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

Laksamana class cc lumut 2018

Kedah Class Ocean Patrol Vessel LOA 299′ TDISP 1850 tons (6 active, service since 2006) based on the Blohm & Voss MEKO 100 design.

US Navy participates in search for missing Malaysian Airlines jet
KD Terengganu 174 and USN Seahawk helicopter searching for the lost Malaysian Airlines jet in the Gulf of Thailand, March 2014. USN Official 140312-N-ZZ999-003 (Operations Specialist 1st Class Claudia Franco)

Kedah OPV Sepanggar 2020

Keris Class Ocean Patrol Vessel LOA 226′ TDISP 700 tons (4 building, 1 active, service since 2020)

KD Keris 111 (2020)KD Keris OPV Sepanggar 2020

Fast Attack Craft FACG (Gun) and FACM (Missile) given the resolution of the satellite views of Malaysia, and the similarity of these craft, these identifications are a best guess. Some class units have landed their exocet missiles, making distinctions even more problematic. Most units have awnings fitted, which further obscure the deck structure.

Handalan Class Missile Boat LOA 143′ TDISP 270 tons (4 active, service since 1978) variant of the Swedish Spica-M FAC. The below craft, whether they have missile armament on the quarterdeck or not, have the distinctive wider bridge front with more definition, as the bridge windows are down-angled, and are distinctively shorter missile armed FACs. They also have awnings fitted to the rear which protect the projecting wings behind the bridge.

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KD Pendekar 3513, Handalan Class, ca. 2016, without the missile armament. Credit: Tomahawkarf

Handalan Class PB Tanjung Pengelih 2015Handalan Class PB Geliga slipway 2018

Perdana Class Missile Boat LOA 154′ TDISP 265 tons (4 active, service since 1972) German Lurssen design. Variant of La Combattante IIa class. Distinguished by its slightly longer hull, and a wider deckhouse with an elevated deck running its full length on either side. [The below tweet mentions KD Perdana missing in 2017, but the boat and crew were later located safe]

Perdana Class PB Sepanggar 2019Perdana Class PB Sepanggar 2018-02Perdana Class PB Sepanggar 2018

Jerung Class gunboat LOA 147′ TDISP 255 tons (6 active, service since 1976). Distinguished by the clean lines on its small deckhouse, and small awning.

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KD Todak 3505, Jerung Class, ca. 2019 Credit: Tomahawkarf

Jerung Class PB Sepanggar 2019Jerung Class PB Swallow Reef 2014

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