RMN Training Ships Set to be Completed

SHAH ALAM: PCU Gagah Samudera – RMN’s newest training ship – is expected to be towed to a shipyard up north (not BNS) this week where she will be outfitted and finally commissioned.

She was originally scheduled to arrive at the yard today (Dec 1) but the move was scrubbed as certain issues which come up need to be sorted out first. It is for this reason I am not naming the yard until the ship actually arrived there although I have already secured the confirmation on the revival of the project from various sources.

PCU Gagah Samudera, prior to her launch.
PCU Gagah Samudera, prior to her launch.

I was informed that if the issues were not settled, it might yet again delay the revival of the project.

It is expected that PCU Teguh Samudera, will join her sister ship for the same work once Gagah’s outfitting work has started. In the meantime, Teguh remained at former NGV Tech Sdn shipyard in Sinjangkang, Banting.

Both training vessels were assembled at the NGV Tech shipyard from modules delivered by DSME of South Korea. Gagah Samudera was launched on Dec 14, 2012 while Teguh Samudera on Feb 27, 2013. Both were supposed to be commissioned within six months.

Both ships remained incomplete and un-commissioned as NGV Tech was foreclosed by Maybank sometime in 2013. NGV Tech signed the RM294 million contract with RMN for the construction of the training vessels at LIMA 2011.

Hopefully, both ships will be in service by the end of 2015.

— Malaysian Defence

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1 Comment

  1. ed says:
    January 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    So far any words on who will be working on these ships?

    Reply
    I know which yard is getting the job unfortunately as the red tape is holding back the project I will not name it.
    Azlan says:
    December 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Like most RMN ships, these 2 will have a pair of pintle mounts for GPMGs.
    … says:
    December 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Any news on what ship design for the 6 new mmea boats?

    Reply
    None yet.
    Ferret says:
    December 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Marhalim,

    Is that Tun M in the second picture — Teguh Samudera’s launch?

    Reply
    Yes, Tun Siti Hasmah was the one who launch the ship. Some claim that Tun M was the chairman of NGV Tech but I am not sure about that.
    kamal says:
    December 2, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Two or four more of this type would be good to supplement the navy work load. IMHO it would suffice for general patrol duties, anti piracy, anti smuggling and anti terrorism tasks (which i believe are the immediate threats that we are facing now).

    Maybe add up the armament with an additional aft 30 mm cannon and 2-4 12.7mm or 20mm side deck cannons

    Reply
    The only problem with your suggestion is that the civil servants will not approve funds for other type of ships as “this ship is good enough for our immediate threats!”
    rocks says:
    December 1, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    at last a good news 🙂 .it is common for the navy around the world to get into trouble..it is a learning process.even our neighbour indonesia navy have their own problem with ‘BBM’..so just think positive.

    Reply
    Teething problems are common but what happened to the training ships are uncommon, to me it mirrored PSC-NDSB fiasco (NGPV). At least in the case of NDSB, it – AFAIK – was not foreclosed by its creditors. For both projects those who were supposed to oversee them went completely missing. It was not that the signs were not there…
    … says:
    December 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    grade one marine lumut?

    Reply

    Cannot confirm or deny!

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