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US impressed with RMN

11:10pm 19/11/2015 Ann Vivien 38 views Current Issue,National

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KUALA LUMPUR:  The United States was impressed by the measures taken by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to build two offshore naval bases using a modified cargo ship and rig to enhance monitoring operations in eastern Sabah waters.

RMN chief, Admiral Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said they had received an invitation from the US to share knowledge on the concept of naval bases in the near future.

“In fact, several other countries including Brunei are also keen to know about the bases,” he told reporters after delivering his inaugurel address as  chief of the Navy, here today.

Malaysia has two naval bases, namely static platform using mobile oil production unit (MOPU) known as Tun Sharifah Rodziah Naval Base, while the mobile platform using the second-hand vessel is known as Tun Azizan Naval Base.

Both were placed in the waters of east Sabah to increase security in the state waters, especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

Ahmad Kamarulzaman said recently he had given a briefing on the concept of  building naval bases to the US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter.

“Of course the United States is capable of building larger and more sophisticated naval bases but we do not need large naval bases,” he added.

He said the two naval bases were the brainchild of Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and were equipped with radar systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

“In the past, before there were naval bases, we took two to three hours, depending on weather conditions, to send a boat in the event of any intrusion but now it can be done with methods that are faster,” he said.

The Navy has no plans to increase the number of naval bases in the waters of Peninsular Malaysia at the moment as a careful study has to be conducted before recommendations are made to the government, he added. – BERNAMA

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