SHAH ALAM: KD Terengganu sailing the waves again. Back in June 2019, Malaysian Defence wrote that KD Terengganu -pennant number 174 – will undergo a refit at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak. BNS announced it got the RM96 million contract in an announcement to Bursa Malaysia.
Late last year, Terengganu, could be seen during the RMN Open Day, tied up next to the BNS facility together with KD Kasturi. Terengganu did not have to wait long there as BNS officially handed over the ship back to RMN on February 23. RMN on April 16 announced that Terengganu had obtained the five-star rating during her Operational Readiness Evolution (ORE) conducted from April 12 to 15, after a period of work up following the refit.
As Terengganu is 14 years old – she was commissioned on December 8, 2009, the refit conducted on her could be characterised as a mid-life one.
It is unclear whether RMN had installed new equipment on board. That said she may well be the first Kedah class ship to be installed with a new Radar-Electronic Support Measures (RESM) as reported by Malaysian Defence last January.
As one of the nicest looking ship in RMN courtesy of the recently completed refit, it is likely that Terengganu will take part in LIMA 2023 to be held in Langkawi this May. Hopefully, I will get better pictures of her at anchor in Langkawi.
Terengganu and her sister ship, KD Pahang are based at RMN ‘s first regional headquarters in Kuantan, Pahang. The rest of the PV17 squadron are based at the Kota Kinabalu naval headquarters in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Both ships are routinely tasked to Eastern Fleet command tasking though.
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