The 705-ton (full load) displacement guided-missile patrol combatant Hang Nadim, here off Messina in early August, originally was ordered from Italy's Fincantieri in February 1981, along with three sisters. Launched in 1983 but laid up in 1987 in Italy after sea trials, the 37.5-knot craft became an orphan of the Persian Gulf conflicts, with ownership tied up in the Italian court system until 1994. The former Iraqi Kalid ibn al Walid, along with sister Saad ibn abi Wakkad (renamed Tun Abdul Gamil), finally was sold to Malaysia on 27 October 1995, and both craft were overhauled and updated at La Spezia prior to commissioning this July. The other two ships subsequently were purchased by Malaysia in March 1997 and will be delivered later, while two similar ex-Iraqi half-sisters equipped with helicopter hangars remain unsold.
By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World