SHAH ALAM: RMN has handed over its youngest Perdana-class FAC – KD Ganyang pennant number 3504 – to MSET Shipyard in Kuala Terengganu to undergo the Obsolescence Programme (OP). The handing over was done on April 12, RMN said in a social media post.
The OP programme is an initiative undertaken by the RMN to allow the FAC fleet – 14 strong from three different classes – to continue in service for the next 15 years. The first FAC to undergo the OP is KD Perkasa, pennant number 3511. Perkasa is the second of the four strong Handalan class, bought from Sweden in 1976 and commissioned three years later.
Work on Perkasa started at the Geliga Shipyard in Kemaman in late 2020 but the completion was delayed due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The FAC had undergone sea trials in January this year, but its current status, is unknown. It may well be that the ship is ready to return to service soon.
Like Perkasa, Ganyang is expected to have a new hull, powerpack, propellors and generators as part of the OP. Other items including its main gun will be retained. It is interesting to note that most of the Jerong class had only gone through the repowering (replacement of the power pack, propellors and generators) instead of the complete OP like the Perkasa.
It is interesting to note that Ganyang had been fitted with an EO turret as reported by Malaysian Defence on December 26, 2020. Perhaps, it is the same EO one as fitted on KD Gempita.
Anyhow, MSET is the same shipyard that was contracted to do the same OP for KD Sri Sabah and KD Sri Sarawak. The status of both ships remained unknown since Malaysian Defence post on it last February.
— Malaysian Defence