The acquisition of submarines for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is the Malaysian government’s biggest commitment to enhancing the capability of its armed forces in safeguarding the sovereignty of Malaysian waters from any threat, said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
“The acquisition enables the RMN, in particular, and the Malaysian Armed Forces in general, to develop a more credible and capable military force in the region,” Tuanku Mizan said at a ceremony to welcome the arrival of Malaysia’s first submarine, KD Tunku Abdul Rahman (KD TAR), at the KD Sultan Abdul Aziz jetty, here, Thursday.
Tuanku Mizan also expressed his pride with the spirit and determination shown by the KD TAR crew in completing their one-year training.
He said this would enable the RMN crew to compete with and be on par with the capable naval forces of other nations.
“I am aware that a submarine requires a crew with aptitude and that is highly skilled to operate and manage it,” Tuanku Mizan said.
“I believe that you (crew) are the specially chosen and lucky ones to be the crew members of Malaysia’s first submarine, which is the pride of the nation and which will spur Malaysians to strive for excellence to bring glory to the nation.”
Tuanku Mizan hoped that the high-technoloy asset would be well maintained and fully utilised to ensure RMN’s standing as a credible force in safeguarding the country’s waters.
The KD TAR is one two Scorpene submarines acquired by the Malaysian government to beef up the RMN. — BERNAMA