SHAH ALAM: ALGERIAN Navy Type C28A corvette – the Adhafer – berthed at the Boustead Cruise Centre, in Port Klang today (Oct 6, 2015). Yes, its the same China-made boat that I reported was proposed to the Royal Malaysian Navy, earlier this year.
For more on the story go here. Whether or not the visit of Adhafer, which is on her way home to Algeria – has anything to do with a renewed effort to sell the vessel to RMN is beyond me.
According to a RMN release, Adhafer, will be in Malaysia until Oct 8 for replenishment, rest and recreation. As the ship has yet to be commissioned, she did not carry the Algerian Navy jack when she came to berth. A lot of rails were also in place all over the ship as part of the safety precautions prior to the commissioning.
Adhafer is fitted mostly with China made weapons from a 76mm gun to 6 C-820 active radar homing SSM. She is also fitted with a Thales SMARTS 3-D radar together with China made Type 364 air search radar. The Thales radar is the same one to be fitted on-board RMN’s six LCS frigates.
Most interestingly, Adhafer is fitted with four MTU diesel engines which afforded the 120-metre corvette with a top speed of 27 knots. The corvette which is commanded by Lt Colonel Ali Yahi, has a crew of 120. For her maiden voyage home, 20 personnel from the Hudong=Zhonghua Shipbuilding yard are also on board.
The same shipyard is also building another two corvettes for Algeria with both expected to be delivered next year and 2017, respectively.
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