Back in the Saddle Again

SHAH ALAM: Back in the saddle again. KD Jerong, the lead ship of the six class FAC of the same name has completed its refit, the RMN announced on April 11. The refit include the installation of a completely new propulsion system. The “repowering” project include the installation of new main engines, gearboxes, shafts, propellors and generators was conducted as part of a routine refit for Jerong at the Weldan Marine Services Sdn Bhd yard in Sandakan, RMN chief engineer Rear Admiral Mohd Shaiful Adli Chung wrote in a post in the RMN Facebook page.

The latest picture of KD Jerong. RMN.

SEKALUNG TAHNIAH : KD JERONG KAPAL KELIMA SELESAI REPOWERING
SANDAKAN, 11 Apr – KD JERONG yang merupakan salah satu kapal di Skuadron Fast Attack Craft (FAC) kelas Meriam merupakan kapal kelima selesai menjalani repowering melibatkan sistem kuasagerak (propulsion system) secara total. Repowering ini adalah projek penggantian kesemua jentera utama, kotak gear, shafting, propeller dan set janakuasa dimana ianya sebahagian skop rutin refit KD JERONG di Limbungan Weldan Marine Services Sdn Bhd.
Hasil inisiatif repowering ini telah membolehkan sebahagian aset di Armada TLDM diberi nafas baharu dengan peningkatan keupayaan beroperasi, jangka hayat lebih panjang, supportability yang lebih baik dan memberi ROI yang tinggi kepada TLDM/Kerajaan. Di antara ROI yang dimaksudkan adalah seperti penggunaan minyak yang jimat kerana menggunakan teknologi moden, MTBO (Mean Time between Overhaul) yang lama, kadar pelepasan karbon yang rendah, kos alat ganti akan datang yang kompetitif dan sebagainya.
Inisiatif repowering terhadap FAC telah bermula sejak penghujung tahun 2017 setelah ianya diluluskan oleh Pengurusan Tertinggi TLDM. Inisiatif tersebut adalah cetusan idea warga Navy People di mana sebelum ini, pendekatan sedemikian boleh dianggap MUSTAHIL untuk direalisasikan. Justeru, warga Navy People wajar berbangga dengan inisiatif ini dan disaran terus berinovasi untuk meningkatkan keupayaan operasi Armada TLDM, khususnya dalam aspek Man, Machine and Method (Process).

KD Jerong. RMN

It is interesting to note that the Rear Admiral wrote that five ships had undergone the repowering project though it has only announced the two other FACs involved, KD Baung and KD Ganas. Another FAC KD Perkasa is getting a completely new hull together with a new propulsion system, the culmination of the Obsolescence Programme (OP).

KD Jerong, the lead ship of the 6th Squadron FAC (G). RMN

The OP was initiated to ensure the FAC fleet remained in service for the next 15 year – as mentioned in the Defence White Paper 2019 – as the RMN’s 15-to-5 transformation plan is slowly rolled out. It must be noted the immediate past RMN leadership had cocooned most of the FAC, mine hunters and other high maintenance vessels so as to ensure funds flowed to new build ships instead. However with the LCS seemingly stuck with no solution in sight, the RMN had to rely on its old warships again.

KD Pendekar
KD Pendekar, one of the four Handalan class boats at LIMA 19. The Handalan class FAC is among the boats to undergo the OP.

The RMN currently operates 14 FACs – six Jerong class, four Perdana class and four Handalan class boats. The FACs mostly purchased in early/late 1970s, the Perdanas from France, Handalans from Sweden and the Jerong were built locally by Hong Leong Lurrsen shipyard in Butterworth.

KD Gempita, a Handalan class FAC during operations in early 2016. RMN picture

The Jerong were classified as FAC-G (Skuadron 6 FAC) as it was not armed with missiles, only the 57mm (forward) and 40mm (aft) guns while the Perdana and Handalan(Skuadron 2) were classified as FAC-M as the boats were armed with the MBDA Exocet MM38 anti-surface missiles, apart from the 57mm (forward) and 40mm guns (aft).

— Malaysian Defence

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