Google Earth satellite view of the Indian Ocean.
At the right the Malaysian Peninsular, at the left the Gulf of Aden,
in the centre Malé the capital of the Maldives.
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South Korean Cargo Ship Hijacked by Somali pirates
A South Korean cargo ship manned by Korean and foreign sailors was reported to have been hijacked by pirates off the coast of
Eight Korean sailors and an unknown number of other nationalities were on the ship when it was seized at 07:00 GMT on 10th September 2008.
Somali waters are the most dangerous in the world for piracy. The International Maritime Bureau has received reports of more than 24 attacks in the area between April and June 2008, but many incidents go unreported.
When will the next Malaysian flagged vessel be hijacked off
Are the three RMN vessels still safely at anchor, about three thousand miles away, near the
The Malaysia naval vessels are reported to be:
One fighting ship:
KD Lekui (F30)
Frigate, launched in December 1994 (
Two logistical support vessels:
KD Sri Inderapura (L-1505) (
Tank-landing ship, Keel laid, 7th February 1970, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp,
Launched, 7 November 1970
Commissioned USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), 1st September 1971, maximum speed 27 knots (reported in 1971)
Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 16th December 1994
Renamed RMN KD Sri Inderapura (L-1505)
Commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Navy, 31st January 1995.
Maximum speed unknown.
KD Mahawangsa (L-1504)
Multi-role support ship.
Built 1992 (
Maximum speed about 17 knots.
Qui non est hodie cras minus aptus erit
He who is not prepared today will be less so tomorrow.