KUALA LUMPUR: Investigations revealed that the commanding officer of KD Perdana did not follow proper standard operating procedure, leading to a Navy boat going missing off the coast of Kuantan on May 20.
Royal Malaysia Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarul-zaman Ahmad Badaruddin said investigations revealed that the commanding officer of the parent vessel clearly did not follow SOP.
“He has been removed from command,” Ahmad Kamarulzaman said after launching the Navy Innovation Day at Wisma Pertahanan yesterday.
“Our investigations found that the commanding officer was overly enthusiastic in chasing away several foreign fishing vessels that had encroached into Malaysian waters at the time.”
He said any disciplinary action on the officer was left in the hands of the Naval Area Region 1 commander Rear Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza Mohd Sany.
It was reported that the boat with nine crew was adrift at sea for over two days after losing radio communication with their parent vessel. The boat subsequently ran out of fuel.
The nine were found by a passing merchant ship some 90 nautical miles east of Kuantan.