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Chinese attack sub docks in Sepanggar
Published on: Thursday, September 14, 2017

PETALING JAYA: An attack submarine from China recently docked in Sabah, making this the second docking of a Chinese submarine in Malaysia this year.

According to defence magazine Jane's 360, the Chinese naval vessel docked at the Royal Malaysian Navy's submarine base in Teluk Sepanggar, Sabah, between Sept 8 and 11.

The magazine said it was not clear whether the visiting submarine was a Yuan (Type 039A/B) class or Song (Type 039) class diesel-electric boat (SSK).

It said the Yuan and Song classes were usually equipped with six 533mm tubes, that were capable of launching a variety of missiles and torpedoes as well as the Yu-4 acoustic homing torpedo, which carries a 309kg warhead.

The report said the vessel was escorted by the Chongmingdao, a Dajiang (Type 925) class submarine support and salvage ship.

According to the magazine, this second visit by a Chinese submarine this year was "a sign of deepening defence relationships between two South China Sea claimant states".

In May, three Chinese warships, destroyer CNS Changchun, frigate CNS Jingzhou and replenishment ship CNS Chaohu, docked in Penang.

The magazine said last year, Malaysia procured four Littoral Mission Ships from China.

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