KOTA KINABALU 27 April – With the launching of the East Armada Administration Centre by the Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein here today, the operational work in Sabah and Sarawak waters will be implemented from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Base in Teluk Sepanggar.
Meanwhile, the operational work in Peninsular Malaysia waters will be implemented by West Armada Administration Centre in RMN Base in Lumut, Perak.
Before this, the operational work in the waters of the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak was carried out and monitored by the Armada Administration Centre at RMN Base in Lumut, Perak (now West Armada Administration Centre).
Amongst the objectives of the establishment of the East Armada and West Armada Administration Centres are: to streamline the organization structure of RMN’s operational administration in both territories mainly the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak; to elevate the capabilities in carrying out operational work in safeguarding national waters; to enable operational work to be implemented in a more focused and effective ways; and to speed up responses in emergency situations that occur in the Malaysian waters.
According to Hishammuddin who is also Minister with Special Functions, the establishment of the East and West Armada Administration Centres are in line with the Transformation Plan 15 to 5 which is being implemented in RMN now, as well as elevating the level of preparedness and effectiveness of RMN.
The Defence Minister said this during the launch of the Administration Centres of Two Territories, East and West Armada, at the Operation Jetty, RMN Base, Teluk Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu here today.
The event was held in conjunction with the 83rd RMN Anniversary Celebration.
Also present were high ranking officers from the Ministry of Defence, Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) state leaders, maritime community represented by the Malaysian Gas Association, Sabah State Fishermen Association, Sarawak Fishermen Association, resort and ferry entrepreneurs, commercial shipping companies and people of Sabah.
Besides reducing the classes of ships from 15 to 5, Hishammuddin said, RMN is also planning to restructure its organization’s management and assets from time to time and to elevate the level of preparedness and effectiveness of RMN.
Earlier Hishammuddin in his speech reiterated that the rapid changes in the current geopolitical landscape which are very challenging requires the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) in general and RMN, in particular, pay serious attention and implement practical approaches which are practical and effective in maintaining the security of Malaysian waters.
“The differences in geostrategy between the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak require ATM and RMN to come out with more structured and systematic new approaches and strategies which are applicable to the water situations in both territories.
“This requires the need to upgrade the competency and operational management such as the numbers of operations and patrols, the level of operations’ effectiveness and whether it is emergency or ad hoc task,” said Hishammuddin.
He also mentioned the establishment of the two centres is important and critical to ensuring the sovereignty of Malaysian waters is always safeguarded and in line with the principles and directions of the Ministry of Defence that emphasizes on the preparedness and to maintain the security of the country.
– Malaysia World News / Copyright