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MULTI PURPOSE COMMAND SUPPORT SHIPS (MPCSS)

Name : KD Mahawangsa, Penant : 1504

Builders : Bremer Vulkan : Korea Tacoma

Commissioned : 16 May 1983

Displacement, tons : 4300 (1503), 4900 (1504) full load

Dimensions, feet (metres) : 328, 337.9 (1504) x 49.2 x 5.7 (100, 103 x 15 x 4.8)

Main Machinery : 2 Deutz KHD SBV6M540 diesel, 5865 hp(m) (4.31 MW), 2 shafts, Cp props, bow thruster.

Speed, knots : 16.5

Range, n miles : 4000 at 14 kt

Complement : 136 (14 officers) plus 65 spare

Military lift : 17 tanks, 600 troops

Cargo capacity : 1300 tons dieso, 200tons fresh water(plus 48 tons/day distillers

Countermeasures : ESM: Thales DR 3000, intercept.

Weapons Control : 2 CSEE Naja optronic directors (1 only in 1503).

Radars : Navigation: Kelvin Hughes 1007, I-band.

Helicopters : 1 Sikorsky S-61A Nuri (army support) can be carried.

Programmes : Ordered in October 1979 and 1981 respectively.

Modernisation : 100 mm gun included in original design but used for OPVs.

Structure : Fitted with stabilising system, vehicle deck, embarkation ramps port and Starboard, recompression chamber and a stern anchor. Large operations room and a conference room are provided. Transfer stations on either beam and aft, light jackstay on both sides and a 15 ton crane for replenishment at sea. 1504 has additional capacity to transport ammunition and the funnel has been removed to enlarge the flight deck which is also higher in the superstructure.

Operational : Used as training ships for cadets in addition to main roles of long-range Support of Patrol Forces and MCM vessels, command and Communications and troop or ammunition transport.

Source : Jane's Fighting Ships


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