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Malaysia deploys naval ship at new base near disputed island with Singapore

11 August 2017

Key Points

  • Malaysia has made its first naval deployment to a new installation near an island it believes is part of Putrajaya’s territory
  • Move may herald more frequent deployments of Malaysian naval assets into the disputed region, but this is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between the two countries

KD Perdana berthing at the Abu Bakar Maritime Base in August 2017, marking the first arrival of a naval vessel at the facility (Royal Malaysian Navy)KD Perdana berthing at the Abu Bakar Maritime Base in August 2017, marking the first arrival of a naval vessel at the facility (Royal Malaysian Navy)

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has for the first time deployed a naval vessel at the Abu Bakar Maritime Base, a new facility near the entrance of the Singapore Strait, just days after it was inaugurated by the Sultan of Johor on 1 August.

The vessel deployed was the first-of-class Perdana (La Combattante II) ship, KD Perdana (3501), a 44 m missile-capable fast attack craft built by France shipbuilder CMN Group, and commissioned by the RMN in 1972, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships .



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