Malaysia mulls air defences

Move to prepare RMN for future threats. 

Malaysia mulls air defences for submarine base near South China Sea

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore

Malaysia is looking to equip its naval base at Teluk Sepanggar with an air defence system as a pre-emptive measure against potential threats, said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in a media statement on 26 January.

The base, now known as RMN Kota Kinabalu, is currently home to the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’s) two Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarines: KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Razak . The base began operations in 2006, originally as the Sepanggar Naval Base, and houses the country’s only dedicated submarine basing facility together with several other surface combatants.

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