KOTA TINGGI: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) requires knowledgeable personnel with high thinking capacity on par with those in naval forces of other countries.
Its fleet commander Vice-Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish said thinking, knowledgeable personnel were vital as the RMN was using modern and sophisticated equipment and weaponry.
“There’s no point in having such modern equipment and weaponry if our personnel are not able use them efficiently,” he said at the passing out parade of 286 RMN officers and 180 members of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) at KD Sultan Ismail, Tanjung Pengelih, on Saturday.
All the 466 trainees, including 20 women, went through four months of basic training at KD Sultan Ismail and are scheduled to attend further training at the RMN base in Lumut and MMEA Training Centre in Kuantan.
Mohd Amdan said RMN would continue to acquire new equipment and upgrade existing equipment, besides enhancing the capabilities and efficiency of its human capital in carrying out its task of keeping the nation's security and sovereignty.
“New acquisitions like a submarine, patrol vessels, helicopters and frigates are assets that will enhance RMN’s capability.
“The new assets will replace those that are more than 20 years old but still in use.”
Recently, RMN received a new generation patrol vessel (NGPV), bringing the total number to four, and is expected to receive two more built by Boustead Naval in 2009. The total cost of the NGPVs is RM5.3bil. – Bernama