KUALA LUMPUR: Really. I missed this story below when it first came out on Sept 7. I only noticed it after Dr Chandra Muzaffar commented on it on Bernama website.
From what I read, Malaysian Defence believes the Navy chief statements were taken out of context by the reporters. Clearly the good admiral was not advocating that our submarines would be used extensively in the shallow waters of the straits, even if we lacked patrol vessels.
Indeed by getting Dzirhan Mahadzir (Janes Malaysian correspondent) to comment, made the story more readable, but the premise of the story remained dubious at best.
Nonetheless, Malaysian Defence would get the heads-up when he ran into the good admiral. Too bad I am not flying to Paris this week…
Scorpenes to watch over straits
By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN
KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s two French-made Scorpene submarines are expected to be deployed to the narrow Straits of Malacca – one of the world’s busiest shipping routes and a favourite haunt of pirates.
This will be the first time Malaysia would use its newly-acquired submarines, named KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Abdul Razak, to protect the country’s important sea routes, given its geographical setting as a maritime nation.
While I understand that diesel electric submarines are well suited for littoral warfare, getting them to look for pirates in the shallow and narrow and darned busy Malacca Straits, is for the lack of a better word – simply dumb. (Edited on Sunday 21 Sept as half of the post went missing as my Maxis Broadband service constantly gets disrupted! AAAGh, and I thought Streamyx was bad!)
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