SHAH ALAM: The RMN has set up an accident board to investigate the collision between a Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) and corvette KD Laksamana Tun Pusmah (137), at the Western Fleet open day on December 29. According to a release by the Western Fleet command that during an interception demonstration involving two boats, a RMN FIC lost control and collided with the corvette which was anchored to the jetty.
The collision caused a two-meter-wide gash on Laksamana Tun Pusmah port hull while the FIC suffered a crush bow. No casualties were recorded due to the incident. A board of investigation has been set up to identify the cause of the collision. RMN release of the incident:
Ketika melaksanakan demonstrasi manuvra bagi memintas bot mencurigakan di jeti Pangkalan TLDM Lumut sempena Hari Terbuka Armada 2022 (HTA22), sebuah Bot Tempur TLDM telah hilang kawalan dan terlanggar KD LAKSAMANA TAN PUSMAH. Insiden tersebut telah mengakibatkan badan kapal KD LAKSAMANA TAN PUSMAH terkoyak sepanjang 2 x 1m dan Bot Tempur kemek di bahagian haluan. Tiada kemalangan jiwa atau kecederaan akibat insiden ini. Insiden juga tidak menjejaskan perjalanan HTA22 yang akan diteruskan mengikut atur cara yang telah ditetapkan.
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A video footage of the collision was widely circulated shortly after the incident. The footage showed that the FIC losing control after it entered the wake of the boat in front, it was chasing during the demonstration. The FIC then slammed into the hull of Laksamana Tun Pusmah on its port side as it was moored on the inner jetty of the RMN Lumut base. A picture of the two-metre gash showed the piping inside the hull.
The incident demonstrated the reason RMN re-hull Laksamana Tun Pusmah’s sister ship, KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin. RMN had originally planned to retire the Laksamana class altogether when the LMS class were commissioned. That is not possible now with the delays with the LCS project.
— Malaysian Defence