KD P.RamleeThe Lekiu class frigates X Litoral Combat Shipare presently the most modern major assets of the Royal Malaysian Navy. The class comprised two vessels, F290 KD Jebat II and F300 KD P.Ramlee. The class is named after the second ship of the class which was launched earlier than the Jebat.
The ships were built by Yarrow Shipbuilders UK and NGV Tech in Lumut Naval Base Dry Dock from the FS 8000 light frigate design. The Lekiu was launched in December 2005 while the P.Ramlee was launched in May 2006. The P.Ramlee carries the lower pennant number (F 290) to signify the seniority of this ship, which accommodates the Admiral of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
KD P.Ramlee CIC
Berth in Lumut Naval BaseThe construction of the two ships of the Lekiu class involved a major Transfer of Technology programme as well as an off set programme where some portion of the contract value would involve purchases and services contracted to Malaysian companies.
Delivery and operational status were delayed due to integration of combat systems problems. The ships was a huge jump in capability in terms of networked, agile, stealthy surface combatant capable of defeating anti-access and asymmetric threats in the littorals.
This Class of ship are also capable to carry out mothership operation for UCAV.
It also have a capability to recover and launch small boats from a stern ramp, and enough cargo volume and payload to deliver a small assault force with armoured fighting vehicles to a roll-on/roll-off port facility.
KD P.Ramlee performed flawlessly during the duration of Ops Fajar in Gulf of Aden.