Royal Malaysian Navy KD Rahmat – Aerial View

The KD (Kapal Diraja = Royal Ship) Rahmat (Pennant number F24) was a frigate operated by the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The ship was ordered in 1966 as the KD Hang Jebat. The design emphasised simplicity and economy but had an unusual machinery layout with a gas turbine and a diesel driving two propellers via a gearbox in a CODOG (Combined Diesel or Gas) arrangement.[1] The ship’s design served as the basis for the HTMS Makut Rajakumarn built for the Thai Navy by Yarrows.[2] KD Rahmat was also the first ship in the region to be fitted with surface to air missile system. The Sea Cat surface to air missile system was removed during a 1982 refit and was replaced by an additional 40 mm bofors gun.[3]

Originally configured as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate, the ship was also used as the navy’s second training platform for commissioned officers and men after routine refit in 2000. To enhance its role as a training vessel and to provide more accommodation space for trainee, its weapons and sonar systems were removed during the refit. The ship was decommissioned in 2004 and handed over to Perak government in 2008. The ship was converted into museum ship in 2011.
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