Malaysian navy chief makes introductory visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE - Malaysian Navy Chief Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin met Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on Wednesday (Feb 17), as part of an introductory visit to Singapore.

He also called on Chief of Defence Force Perry Lim and Navy Chief Lai Chung Han. It was the final day of his visit, which started on Sunday (Feb 14).

As part of his programme, the admiral visited the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre and the Republic of Singapore Navy's Training Command on Monday.

On Tuesday, he was at the Singapore Airshow, where he also viewed the aerial displays.

Admiral Kamarulzaman's visit underscores the warm and long-standing defence relations between both countries, Mindef said in a statement on Wednesday.

Both the Singapore and Malaysian navies interact regularly through bilateral exercises, visits, professional exchanges, and cross-attendance of courses, as well as via multilateral activities under the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

The two navies also work closely to enhance regional maritime security through the Malacca Strait Patrols.

"These interactions have contributed significantly towards strengthening mutual understanding and professional ties between the personnel of the two navies," Mindef said.