She now lies peacefully and already hosts beautiful soft coral. Schools of barracuda, juvenile black tip reef sharks, ghostpipefish, frogfish and a variety of reef fish have become permanent and seasonal residents.
In October 2016, Richard Swann Managing Director and resident PADI Platinum Course Director of Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures was commissioned by the local authorities, Sabah Parks to prepare and sink KM Kuraman in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park for the purpose of it becoming a dive attraction and artificial reef.
The British built 103ft long patrol ship served for almost 50 years with the Malaysian Navy under the name of KD Renchong. She was then transferred to Maritim Malaysia where she was re-named KM Kuraman (after an island near Labuan) and continued to serve for another five years and eventually de-commissioned in 2015.
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