SHAH ALAM: Even though she was not handed over to the APMM on November 27, PCU Tun Fatimah took part in some portions of the current Eksesais Maritim Perkasa Barat. According to APMM release (below) Tun Fatimah will take part for four days in the exercise, from November 28 to December 1 (today).
I was told Tun Fatimah was supposed to start her shakedown cruise during the exercise – scheduled from November 26 to December 3 – but this was scrubbed following the decision to delay her handing over, originally scheduled on November 27. Note the opening ceremony of the exercise was held on November 26 while the sea portion only started a day later.
Her handing over is scheduled within the next two weeks, Malaysian Defence was told.
𝗢𝗣𝗩𝟭 𝗨𝗝𝗜 𝗞𝗘𝗠𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗨𝗔𝗡 𝗗𝗔𝗟𝗔𝗠 𝗘𝗞𝗦𝗘𝗦𝗔𝗜𝗦 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗠 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗞𝗔𝗦𝗔 𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗧
𝗣𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗨 𝗣𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗡𝗚, 𝟯𝟬 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 – Kapal Peronda Luar Persisir Pertama (OPV1) turut berada di dalam kelompok 15 buah Kapal Maritim (KM) milik Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (Maritim Malaysia) sempena Eksesais Maritim Perkasa Barat 2023.
Ketua Pengarah Maritim Malaysia, Laksamana Maritim Datuk Hamid Mohd Amin berkata, pihak TH Heavy Engineering Berhad (THHE) kini sedang melakukan fasa sea trial terhadap OPV1 dan ia kini belayar memasuki kawasan Pulau Pinang bersama-sama kapal lain.
Katanya lagi, penyertaan kapal berkenaan dalam eksesais yang dilaksanakan oleh Agensi ini adalah bertepatan dengan matlamat bagi menguji kemampuan sepenuhnya OPV1 sebelum ia diserahkan secara rasmi kepada Maritim Malaysia.
Tambah beliau, kapal yang berada dalam fasa sea trial itu bakal diuji selama empat hari bermula 28 November hingga 1 Disember dengan menempuh jarak sepanjang 630 batu nautika perairan Selat Melaka bermula dari Pelabuhan Klang dan akan tiba di Pulau Langkawi.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika melakukan lawatan kerja di atas KM Pekan bagi memantau kesiagaan semua kapal dan anggota-anggota penguat kuasa yang terlibat dalam Eksesais Maritim Perkasa Barat 2023.
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Pictures of Tun Fatimah during her exercise revealed that most of the external equipment – interceptor boats and others including the Aselsan SMASH 30mm RWS – had been installed. Tun Fatimah has also two navigational radars, two satellite domes and an electro-optical turret/sight fitted on top of its mast.
The EO turret/sight looked very similar to the one fitted on the Aselsan SMASH 30mm RWS. Aselsan brochure on the SMASH stated that EO sight has thermal/tv cameras and a laser range finder. Indeed, it is likely the same EO turret/sight on the RWS as checks showed that the one on the mast is also sourced from Aselsan.
This is interesting as even the senior service had opted for EO turret/sight from China for its FAC fleet due to budgetary limitations.
— Malaysian Defence