H&K All The Way

Two Paskal troopers in scuba gear and armed with MP5 A3 submachine guns on the oil platform in an exercise in June 2023. In the background is KD Gagah Samudera. All JF Picture.

SHAH ALAM: IT appears that the Pasukan Khas Laut (Paskal) will continue to use their H&K MP5 sub-machine guns even if they are supplied with other firearms like the Berretta PMX sub-machine gun. The importance of the MP5 to Paskal was demonstrated yet again when a Paskal team together with the Grup Gerak Khas (GGK) and Pasukan Khas Udara (Paskau) troopers conducted a hostage rescue exercise on a Petronas oil platform on the South China Sea recently.

A very hazy picture but it shows a Paskal trooper climbing up into the oil platform using a tight rope. Note the MP5 submachine gun and the flippers which indicated that the trooper had swam underneath the oil platform using a scuba gear. He could also arrive there on a swimmer delivery vehicle. In a real operation this will be done in early hours of the night for more stealth.

It is likely the troopers stormed the oil platform from the air and the sea – using helicopters and boats as part of the training to confuse the “attackers” holding “hostages”. The troopers were supported by at least one RMN training ship, KD Gagah Samudera and EC725 helicopters from RMAF for the exercise.
Two Paskal operators armed with MP5 A3 submachine guns. JF Picture

Exercise Jerung Emas/ Golden Shark 6/23 – organised by the Joint Force Headquarters – was conducted on Dulang B oil platform some 170km off Kerteh, Terengganu.
GGK troopers ascending on the oil platform from their RHIBs using tight ropes. Paskal troopers would have entered the oil platform first, to provide cover for the GGK troopers

The release:

L๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—›๐—”๐—ก ๐—˜๐—ž๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—”๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—จ๐—ก๐—š ๐—˜๐— ๐—”๐—ฆ ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ฅ๐—œ ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿต/๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ
Kuala Terengganu, 22 Jun 23 – Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM) telah melaksanakan Eksesais Jerung Emas Siri 69/2023 (EJE 69/23) mulai 13 sehingga 20 Jun 2023. Eksesais yang melibatkan ATM dan PETRONAS ini dilaksanakan di Pelantar Dulang B yang terletak di luar pesisir pantai Terengganu. EJE 69/23 melibatkan seramai 121 peserta ATM dan 124 peserta PETRONAS.
Eksesais yang bertemakan menangani krisis keganasan menerusi operasi khas secara bersama bagi menyelamatkan pelantar minyak yang berdepan dengan ancaman dilaksanakan dalam bentuk Field Training Exercise (FTX), dengan konsep pelaksanaan serbuan serta menyelamat tebusan oleh Pasukan Penggempur ATM (PASKAL, GGK dan PASKAU). Dari aspek kawalan dan prosedur pula, eksesais ini bertujuan untuk menguji Emergency Respond Plan (ERP) operator pelantar minyak iaitu Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) dan tindak balas agensi kerajaan berkaitan selaras dengan Arahan MKN No. 18.
Upacara Penutup EJE 69/23 telah dilaksanakan pada 20 Jun 23 di Pelantar Dulang B yang disempurnakan oleh Panglima Angkatan Bersama, Leftenan Jeneral Dato’ Noor Mohamad Akmar bin Mohd Dom TUDM. Turut hadir Asisten Ketua Staf J3 Mejar Jeneral Nur Hafis bin Abd Karim TUDM serta pegawai-pegawai kanan ATM dan PETRONAS.

A trooper covering a door on the oil platform with a bolt action sniper rifle. The operator is likely from Paskal as he is likely wearing a scuba gear.

Of course, Paskal also employed other firearms when appropriate – pistols and sniper rifles, pictures from JF showed. The GGK – were mostly employed with M4A1 Carbines and pistols. Paskau troopers appeared to be the only team carrying the PMX submachineguns.
The troopers and the Petronas personnel. Note the Paskau troopers with the Berretta PMX submachine guns.

It is too early for the GGK to be using the Sig Sauer MPX sub machine guns. Perhaps, they will do so in the next upcoming exercises.
GGK troopers carrying M4A1 carbines for the exercise.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Nope… PASKAU troopers still carrying their issued MP5A5 subgun. PMX subgun currently only available to the Para Brigade’s reconnaissance company & PASKAL

  2. GGK might still be using M4 even after the full induction of MPX. There are SOF variant of M4 called SOPMOD used by Navy Seals.

  3. MP5 and MPX are 9mm submachine guns. M4 is 5.56 asault rifle. I find it more surprising Paskal and Paskau still using 9mm guns in such scenarios. No matter the marksmanship of the user, its still a 9mm gun.

  4. Honest question from a non military, is it safe to shoot at Pelantar minyak?

  5. Kel โ€“ โ€œ. I find it more surprising Paskal and Paskau still using 9mm guns in such scenariosโ€

    Iโ€™m โ€œsurprisedโ€ your surprised. In operational circumstances where engagement ranges are short and when itโ€™s desired that stray rounds not penetrate too deep; why wouldnโ€™t 9mm be used?

    Would you be surprised to know that SF/SOF units have been known to use .22?

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