Scorpenes named after Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Razak

KUALA LUMPUR: The two Scorpene submarines for RMN are to be named KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Abdul Razak, after the first two premiers of the country.The names of the submarines was announced by Navy chief Tan Sri Ramlan Mohamad Ali in Cartagena, Spain at the joining ceremony of the second Scorpene submarine on July 24, 2008

The first Scorpene was joint at Cherbourg, France in March. Scorpene 1 (KD Tunku Abdul Rahman) is undergoing sea trials while Scorpene Two is expected to conduct the same trial within the next few months. The official naming ceremony of both submarines will be conducted in October and August, 2008, respectively.

The submarines are built by DCNS and Izar consortium, both partly owned by the French and Spanish governments. The consortium beat the Dutch and German shipyards to build the first submarines of the RMN.

Both are expected to return home in 20KD Tunku Abdul Rahman09.

Can we call the two submarines as the Prime Minister-class? Since we have three more PMs after the first two, does the name meant that the RMN is getting more submarines?

–Malaysian Defence

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