Malaysian Defence reported that the third ship from the Laksamana class corvette – KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin (pennant quantity 136) is present process a refit on the Grade Marine One Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Lumut the place she’s going to get a brand new hull as a part of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN, Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia) Obsolescence Programme. This is similar technique because the OP programme for the quick assault craft (FAC) fleet. Beneath the RMN’s 15-to-5 programme, each the FAC fleet and the Laksamana class corvettes had been purported to be paid off as soon as their substitute are construct.

KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin (F136) is the third ship of Laksamana-class corvette at present in service with the Royal Malaysian Navy. She constructed by Fincantieri based mostly on the Kind 550 corvette design and at present serving within the twenty fourth corvette Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Navy. The Laksamana-class corvettes of the Royal Malaysian Navy are modified Assad-class corvettes constructed by Fincantieri, Italy. They had been initially ordered by Iraqi Navy in February 1981. The corvettes had been by no means delivered to Iraq and as an alternative refitted and offered to Malaysia in mid Nineties. The ship was commissioned as KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin on 31 July 1999.


A graphic explaining the Obsolescence Programme for Royal Malaysian Navy KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin

The Laksamana class is a category of small missile corvettes comprising 4 ships at present in service with the Royal Malaysian Navy. All 4 ships of the Laksamana class are at present serving within the twenty fourth Corvette Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Navy. The Laksamana class was armed with the MBDA Otomat Mark 2/Teseo long-range sea-skimming missile with six missile launchers put in on the strict deck, three pointing to port and three pointing starboard.

As a consequence of their obsoleted after served for a very long time in RMN, KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin along with the opposite sister ships shall be improve to increase their service life. In 2015, the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has given additional particulars of the proposed service life extension programme (SLEP) for its Laksamana (ASSAD)-class corvettes. The plans, which embrace a substitute of the ships’ surface-to-surface missile launchers and fire-control radar, had been outlined by Commander Badarudin Bin Taha, a workers officer from the RMN’s plans improvement division, throughout the fifth annual OPVs & Corvettes Asia Pacific convention in Singapore.