SHAH ALAM: RMN’s second oldest ship, KD Sri Johor, pennant number 49 celebrated its 55th birthday today, as posted by the RMN Kuching reserve unit (PSTL). PSTL posted a poster of the ship (main picture) with the birthday greetings.
Sri Johor was commissioned into RMN service on February 14 1968, which meant that she is 18 days younger than her sister ship, KD Sri Perlis, pennant number 47. Both ships are now serving with the 13 Skuadron at the RMN base – Markas Laut Wilayah 2 (Mawilla 2) – Region 2 Naval Headquarters – in Sandakan, Sabah.
The other ships in the class -15- had been transferred to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) from 2005 and 2006. Most of these boats had also been retired by MMEA though an unknown number of hulls are said to be refurbished to be recommissioned into RMN again. The status of this project is unclear though.
As Sri Johor has not been seen in pictures posted by Mawila 2 for the last six months, I am guessing that she is current being work on at a shipyard under the Obsolescence Programme undertaken by the RMN to extend the service lives of its corvette, FAC and patrol craft fleet.
Sri Perlis had undergone the OP around 2019 and she returned into service by last year. Despite this RMN seemed very reluctant to show her off. From the pictures published by the RMN, it appears that the Sri Johor main superstructure had been modified and she no longer has the bulbous look of the Vosper made patrol craft. The new superstructure is squarish and has four doors on both sides.
The 33-metre-long boat currently sport a single Bofors 40mm gun on the foward deck while her aft 40mm gun has been deleted and replaced with a RHIB and its lifting crane.
The mount for two general purpose machine guns on the upper deck behind the bridge has been replaced with two .50 calibre machine gun mount.
— Malaysian Defence