KD Mahawangsa

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KD Mahawangsa (1504) berthed at Lumut Naval Base.jpg
KD Mahawangsa
Ordered: October 1981
Builder: Bremer Vulkan
Commissioned: 16 May 1983
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Type: Support ship
Displacement: 4,300 long tons (4,369 t) full load
Length: 100 m (328 ft 1 in)
Beam: 15 m (49 ft 3 in)
Draught: 4.75 m (15 ft 7 in)
Propulsion: 2 x Deutz KHD SBV6M540 diesel, 5,986 bhp (4,464 kW), (4.31 MW), 2 shafts, cp props, bow thruster
Speed: 16.8 knots (31.1 km/h; 19.3 mph)
Range: 4000 nm at 14 kt
  • 600 troops
  • 1,000 m³ cargo space
  • 10 × 20-foot containers
  • 680 m² vehicle space
Complement: 136 + 75 passengers
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Fire control: CSEE Naja optronic directors
  • Navigation: Kelvin Hughes 1007,I-band.
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
ESM: Thales DR 3000,intercept
Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter platform

KD MAHAWANGSA is a Royal Malaysian Navy 4,300 ton multi-role support ship based at Lumut Naval Base in Perak, Malaysia. It was named in honor of Merong Mahawangsa, the founder of the Old Kedah. KD stands for Kapal DiRaja which means His Majesty's Ship in the Malay language.

Service history[edit]

The ship has been dispatched to aid victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake,[1] rushed humanitarian aid to Afghan refugees in 2001,[2] and delivered armoured infantry vehicles from 4th Infantry Brigade (Mech) as part of peacekeeper forces for Operation Astute during the 2006 East Timor crisis.

In her roles as a command ship, KD MAHAWANGSA has been involved in several joint exercises with foreign navies, such as the joint Malaysia-Thailand Naval exercises called THALAY LAUT,[3] the Starfish exercises under the Five Power Defence Arrangement and the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series of exercises held with the U.S. Navy. The closing ceremony for CARAT Malaysia 2004 was held aboard the KD MAHAWANGSA, anchored off the island of Tioman.

In September 2008 the KD MAHAWANGSA was sent to the Gulf of Aden after the hijacking of two MISC oil tankers by Somali pirates.[4]



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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2006-07-24. 
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