SHAH ALAM: PC Sri Sarawak – pennant number 48 – has completed its OP Plus work and now it is ready to be re-commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). RMN regional headquarters 1 – Mawilla 1 – posted on its social media page that the patrol boat had arrived its base at the Kuantan port on January 14.
Warga @Mawilla_1 hari ini menyambut ketibaan PC SRI SARAWAK yang telah selesai menjalani Rutin Pasang Pulih di MSET Shipbuilding Corporation Sdn Bhd.@tldm_rasmi @MPA_Barat#3B4one#BersatuBersediaBerjaya pic.twitter.com/eZ4ooaoRoe
— MAWILLA 1 (@Mawilla_1) January 14, 2024
Sri Sarawak joined her sister ship, PC Sri Sabah – pennant number 46 – which had also undergone the same reincarnation at MSET Shipyard in Kuala Terengganu. Sri Sabah berthed at Kuantan RMN base two months ago.
Once recommissioned both boats are to be based at Sandakan RMN base – the regional headquarters 2 or Mawilla 2.
Originally, both were supposed to be in Sandakan by mid-2022 but its better late than never. From the pictures, Sri Sabah certainly looked like KD Sri Perlis and KD Sri Johor which had undergone the OP Plus work in Sabah.
It is interesting to note that RMN is still clinging to the notion that the work on Sri Sabah and Sri Sabah was a routine refit work. It was in fact a rebirth programme for both. Both patrol boats had been divested to the MMEA in 2005 and was supposed to be retired by 2020. They would have been artificial reefs by now if not for the fact that RMN needs hulls without breaking the bank.
Hence the work to put back both patrol boats into RMN service.
It is also interesting to note that RMN held a gathering for the survivors of KD Sri Perak on January 14 to mark the 40th anniversary of her sinking. Sri Perak – the sister ships of both Sri Sabah and Sri Sarawak – in their original service with RMN – sank on January 8, 1984.
A book on the sinking was also launched but there is no mentioned whether the book is available to the public.
Sixteen crew members of Sri Perak were present at the ceremony. Twenty six out of the 29 crew survived the sinking which occurred in the South China Sea. RMN chief Admiral Rahman Ayob is the last crew member of Sri Perak to remain in service. He was a senior cadet officer during the incident.
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