RMN frigate, commercial vessel brush against each other in Malacca Straits

Malaysian Navy - frigate KD JEBAT

Malaysian Navy – frigate KD JEBAT

KUALA LUMPUR: A patrolling Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) frigate and an unidentified commercial vessel brushed against each other in the Malacca Straits at 3am yesterday, said Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

No one was injured in the incident which occurred 24 nautical miles north-west of One Fathom Bank in Selangor waters during rain and rough seas, he told reporters at Wisma Pertahanan, here.

Abdul Aziz said the frigate, KD Jebat, based in Lumut, Perak, suffered slight damage but quick action by the commanding officer and the crew saved the vessel from serious damage.

He said KD Jebat was on routine patrol in the Malacca Straits when the incident happened.

“The RMN has set up a board to investigate the cause of the accident,” he said, adding that efforts were being made to identify the commercial vessel. — BERNAMA — New Straits Times

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