Strengthening ties: Hishammuddin (centre) being welcomed by Capt John S. Banigan (right), commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) during the former’s visit to the United States Pacific Command base in Hawaii, the United States.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will strengthen the capabilities of its armed forces’ maritime division by following the model used by the United States Marine Corps Forces, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said.
He said he had discussed with US Marine Corps’ Pacific commander Lieutenant-General Terry Robling during a meeting in Hawaii about the steps to be taken by both countries to realise the plan.
“I have invited maritime warfare specialists to come to Malaysia to discuss this matter in detail.
“This cooperation between both nations will be able to enhance the abilities of the Malaysian armed forces’ maritime division in future,” he said in a statement from Hawaii yesterday.
Hishammuddin, who is in Hawaii on a working visit, said he was also given a tour of the marine warfare training centre in Kanaoke, Hawaii.
The visit ended yesterday with Hishammuddin leaving for Washington and New York.
During his tour of the United States Pacific Command base, Hishammuddin met Pacific territories division heads, including the US Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr, Pacific Air Forces commander General Herbert J. Carlisle and US Army Pacific commanding general General Vincent Brooks.
Hishammuddin said their discussions focused on regional issues and cross-border security involving terrorist threats, human trafficking and weapons smuggling.
“This meeting was able to forge closer ties between Malaysia and the United States,” he said.