Saturday, February 20, 2010

Submarine History Expected Monday

February 20, 2010 - KUALA LUMPUR - The Star News -

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants to take part in an underwater test of the vessel on Monday.

“I will join the crew for a dive test,” he said, adding that the the problem was “thankfully, quite minor and of no cost to us because the submarine is still under warranty.” He said he would personally test the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman.

When was the last time any Defense Minister (or a U.S. Secretary of Defense) participated in a submarine's diving trial? Should Dr. Zahid actually accompany the crew on a sea trial, this would very likely become a first instance in the annals of submarine history. Some background to the underlying French warranty problem can be found here. One way or the other, this story will be updated by M.E.
Submarines are always silent and strange.



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