Malaysian-Australian Navies held their sea training exercises around Straits of Malacca in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic 


KUALA LUMPUR SEPT.5: The annual bilateral exercises with the concept “Field Training Exercise” between the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) was held around the Straits of Malacca for three days from 2-4 Sep. 2021.

RMV in its statement said the exercises that had been going on since 2002 were aimed at strengthening interoperability and strategic maritime defence cooperation through criteria formed from shared ideas and expertise in the fields.

“The COVID-19 pandemic that hits the world has not obstructed the cooperation spirit and defence diplomacy that has been built strongly via Malaysia-Australia Sea Training Exercises (MASTEX) 2021 between the two royal navies.

“While confronting the pandemic, both royal navies had exhibited their commitments through the involvement of three assets belonging to RMN namely KD Lekiu, KD Jebat and SUPER LYNX helicopter and four assets from RAN including HMAS Canberra, HMAS ANZAC and CH47 helicopter and MH-60S from Australian Maritime Task Group,” the statement said.

The statement added,  a few series of trainings had been realized including anti- attack air war, anti-submarine, surface shooting targets, tactical manoeuvre and boat operation. The trainings were carried out efficiently without any incidents and this clearly shows the professionalism attitude, the capabilities and readiness of the two royal navies.

“On the whole the exercises this time had fulfilled the set goals and objectives. RMN will continue its commitments to benefit every opportunity to operate together with the Royal Australian Navy in leading the personnel to protect and defend the national maritime interests at all times,” said the statement. –Malaysia World News         


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