RMN receives another auxiliary vessel in its pirate hunting mission in Aden with the comissioning BK3 a nother vessel owned by MIXC and it tanker subsidiaries Syarikat Perkapalan Tanker Helang Amareka (AET).
The first civillian vessel turn auxiliary are the MV Bunga Mas 5...now BM5..the RMN mainstay in pirate hunting and escort duties..
BK3 or formerly known as MT Bunga Kelana 3 is a 243.86m in length is a fleet fast auxiliary replenishment tanker capable of carrying multiple grade product varying from freshwater..aviation spirit..lubrications..diesel fuel oil and marine fuel oil for RMN vessels operating in the gulf of Aden which involved in escort duties and anti piracy patrols..
BK3 underwent conversion at MMXE shipyard at Pasir Gudang for 2 weeks and upgrades includes engine upgrade for higher speed....6 refueling points located on deck for various grade of cargo...conversion of 4 cargo tanks to dedicated freshwater tanks..uparmoured hull for RPG protections...a streghtened helipad and a number of weapon fixations for .50 calibre and GPMG located throughout the accomodations and decks..
The tanker will provide Malaysian and foreign naval assets in the gulf almost unlimited supplies and replenishments needed for patrol and enforcement operations thus bolstering naval presence in the region.
BK3 will also relieved BM5 from long range escort duties out to the Indian ocean..thus prioritizing BM5 more on close to shore operations and close range escorts...