KUALA LUMPUR: The RM800mil Sepanggar Naval Base under construction in Sabah will be completed by the end of 2007, one year behind schedule, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal said.
Submarines of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) will be based in Sepanggar.
Construction is proceeding smoothly and work on phase two covering technical aspects will begin soon, he said here yesterday.
He added that the base, located 25km from Kota Kinabalu, would be a forward base for the navy like the Lumut base in Perak. It would also be a training centre.
About 8,000 officers and other personnel would be stationed at the base to provide security along the wide and lengthy Sabah border.
Three French-made submarines of the Scorpene and Agosta 70 types would operate from the base and monitor movements in the South China Sea and Sulu Sea, said Mohd Shafie.
Scorpenes design is based on the nuclear-powered Rubis, while the Agosta is a conventional submarine. Bernama
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