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Friday, June 12, 2015

Malaysia dispatches missile corvette to monitor China Coast Guard 'intrusion'

KD Laksamana Hang Nadim (F 134)The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has deployed a Laksamana (Assad)-class guided-missile corvette to monitor a China Coast Guard (CCG) patrol vessel in the South China Sea, a RMN spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 9 June.

The 62 m corvette, KD Laksamana Hang Nadim (F 134), was deployed on 3 June in response to the presence of a Chinese vessel near what Malaysia refers to as Gugusan Beting Patinggi Ali (South Luconia Shoals), the spokesperson said. "As with all intrusions into Malaysian waters, the Chinese vessel is being monitored in accordance with our operating procedures", she added.

South Luconia Shoals is a collection of coral reefs located roughly 84 n miles off the Eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak. The area is referred to as Nankang Ansha in China and is claimed by Beijing as part of its maritime territory under the 'nine-dashed line' demarcation.

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