KUALA LUMPUR: KD Tunku Abdul Rahman is finally coming home. The story from Bernama stated that the country’s first submarine left Toulon on Thursday.
Based on previous reports the submarine is expected to arrive home within 30 days, insyallah, barring any last minute hiccups. It was previously reported that the sub was expected back in June and then postpone to July and now it is expected to have its grand home coming ceremony at Port Klang by August. RMN has never stated the reasons for the delay.
Lets hope the arrival meant that the Government will add extra allocation to the upcoming defence budget to ensure that the submarine could be operated optimally and not left tied to its moorings at the new base in Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah. Hopefully, extra allocation will also be reserved for the crews so most of them would stay in service at least for another 10 years.
Submarine service is a tough life. It is as tough as any specialist job in the Armed Forces. If you don’t believe me, check with the Aussies. Even with annual wage amounting to almost AUSD70,000 for a junior submariner, the Royal Australian Navy is finding it hard to retain qualified crews.
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