The Malaysian Navy experienced a setback in October when one of its largest ships, the Sri Inderapura , an 8,500-ton (full load) tank landing ship, suffered a devastating fire. The incident, which did not result in any major injuries, was reportedly caused by a short circuit and occurred while the ship sat pierside at its naval base in Lumut. The retired U.S. Navy Newport -class LST, formerly named the USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), was decommissioned in December 1994 and has been in service with the Malaysian fleet since she was purchased for $18.7 million and transferred on 31 January 1995. Built by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California, the vessel was originally commissioned in September 1971. Because of her age, she is unlikely to be repaired, and Malaysian naval officials will likely press for a replacement vessel to be acquired in the near future.