KM Bagan Datuk is Starlinked

The crew of KM Bagan Datuk on her foredeck. Note the Starlink terminal on the far left.

SHAH ALAM: IT appears that the first of class NGPC – KM Bagan Datuk – pennant number 4541 – has been fitted with a Starlink terminal allowing it access to the internet while on patrol. This was reveal when the patrol boat hosted a buka puasa event on March 15.

It must be noted that the MMEA posting only identify Bagan Datuk as the site for the buka puasa event and did mention anything about the Starlink terminal.

A group picture on the foredeck of KM Bagan Datuk. Note the Starlink terminal to the left. Bernama via APMM.

Anyhow, from the pictures posted one could spot the Starlink terminal fitted on the starboard side of her foredeck. As MMEA is shy of posting the pictures of its vessels, I am not sure whether only Bagan Datuk has the terminal. It is also unclear when the Starlink terminal was fitted on her.
The crew of KM Bagan Datuk on her foredeck. Note the Starlink terminal on the far left.

It is interesting to note that a check on the Starlink website stated that the service for boats in the region was unavailable at the moment. Perhaps this is meant for commercial usage though. That said Russia has been purchasing the Starlink terminals in the Middle East and installing them at locations where its forces are operating in Ukraine.
KM Tun Fatimah at sea for the 2023 Maritime Perkasa Barat exercise. APMM

KM Tun Fatimah, operating in Kuching has a number of small semi-round antennas on her bridge which may well be the satellite domes like the ones fitted on RMN ships. Using Starlink may well be cheaper for MMEA than subscribing to the various satellite terminal providers.
KD Keris (left), KD Badik and KD Rencong at the back. Picture taken on January 28, 2022. Note the satellite dome on Keris.

The release by MMEA on the buka puasa event.

P๐—˜๐—ก๐—š๐—จ๐—ž๐—จ๐—›๐—”๐—ก ๐—๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—”๐—ก ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—˜๐—š๐—œ๐—ž ๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—œ ๐——๐—œ ๐—”๐—ก๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ๐—” ๐— ๐—ž๐—ก ๐——๐—˜๐—ก๐—š๐—”๐—ก ๐— ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—ง๐—œ๐—  ๐—ก๐—˜๐—š๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—œ ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ก๐—š๐—ข๐—ฅ
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๐—ž๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ก๐—š, ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ – Keselamatan perairan negara sentiasa dipantau dan dijaga oleh pasukan keselamatan bagi memastikan isu pencerobohan dan penyeludupan melalui jalan laut dapat dibendung.
Hasrat itu sentiasa diperkukuhkan menerusi jalinan strategik di antara Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (Maritim Malaysia) dengan Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN).
Pengarah Maritim Negeri Selangor, Kepten Maritim Abdul Muhamin bin Muhammad Salleh berkata, kerjasama erat di antara agensi keselamatan seperti MKN dan Maritim Malaysia perlu dipertingkatkan lagi agar kes seperti kemasukan bot nelayan asing, pencerobohan serta penyeludupan pendatang asing tanpa izin (PATI) dan penyeludupan barangan kontraban dapat dikekang.
Tambah Abdul Muhaimin, perkongsian maklumat dan risikan juga perlu dilaksanakan bagi memastikan tindakan yang bakal dilaksanakan mencapai kejayaan seperti yang diharapkan.
Beliau berkata demikian sempena Program Jalinan Strategik Operasi Keselamatan MKN Negeri Selangor dan Maritim Negeri Selangor dekat sini hari ini.
Turut hadir ialah Pengarah MKN Negeri Selangor, Puan Faizatul Aini binti Mohd Adnan yang diiringi oleh Ketua Penolong Pengarah (Penerangan) MKN Negeri Selangor, Encik Muhammad Nazri bin Mohd Amin bersama barisan pegawai kanan yang lain.
Bersempena program ini, pihak Maritim Malaysia bersama MKN turut menganjurkan majlis berbuka puasa di atas KM BAGAN DATUK.
Untuk rekod, kerjasama strategik melalui operasi bersepadu bersama agensi
sahabat pada tahun lalu telah mencatatkan pencapaian dengan jumlah tangkapan sebanyak 64 kes dengan nilai rampasan mencecah sehingga RM 224,171.
Awal Februari lalu, Maritim Negeri Selangor telah berjaya mematahkan kes cubaan penyeludupan dadah disyaki jenis syabu seberat 40.37 kilogram bernilai RM 1.32 juta.

— Malaysian Defence

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4 Comments

  1. RMN ships [starting in the 1990’s when Mahawangsa went to Split] have SATCCOM linked to MEASAT. Same with the RMAF an army. My question is why is the MMEA using Starlink?

  2. No idea, probably an initiative by the Communications Ministry which has been donating such terminals to villages in rural areas.

  3. Question on the satellite facility at Paya Jeras. Who are the people who operate it? Royal Signals Corps or Army HQ people? Or is it a โ€œ jointโ€ facility?

  4. Most of the public postings on it indicates it is run by the Royal Signals Corps. Though people from RMN and RMAF also got regular training there especially when comes to shared signals assets.

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