26 September 2011

Training Sub Set For New Role

KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, one of the two Scorpene submarines in the Malaysian navy.

KUALA LUMPUR: A signing ceremony was held at the Malaysian embassy in Paris on Friday for the transfer of ownership of an Agosta 70 submarine, which is to be converted into a museum in Malacca.

Director of International Development in the French Ministry of Defence, Yves Blanc, and Malaysian Ambassador to France Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal signed the transfer of ownership documents, according to a statement by the embassy.

It said the agreement on the transfer of ownership was signed here on May 16. The Agosta 70 submarine was used for the training of the crew of Malaysia's two French Scorpene submarines between 2005 and 2009 after the purchase contract was signed in 2002.

The vessel is to be transported on a floating dock to Malaysia next week in an operation organised by Felda Transport. It is to be handed over to the Malacca government for conversion into a museum at Klebang.

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