Malaysian navy chief here on 3-day introductory visit

Malaysian navy chief, Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, met Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) yesterday, as part of a three-day introductory visit to Singapore.

He also called on Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Melvyn Ong, and Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Aaron Beng.

Today is the final day of Adm Mohd Reza's visit.

As part of his itinerary, Adm Mohd Reza visited Tuas Naval Base, where he was hosted at the Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) Simulation Centre (Simcen) RSS Daring and on board RSS Justice, an Independence-class LMV.

His visit underscores the warm and longstanding bilateral defence relationship between Singapore and Malaysia, Mindef said in a statement yesterday.

Both the Singapore and Malaysian navies interact regularly through bilateral exercises, visits, professional exchanges, and cross-attendance of courses, as well as via multilateral platforms such as the Five Power Defence Arrangements, the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) and ADMM-Plus.

ADMM-Plus is an annual meeting between Asean defence ministers and eight dialogue partner countries: Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.

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

"These interactions have strengthened mutual understanding and professional ties between the personnel of both navies," said Mindef, adding that relevant health checks and safety measures were taken by the visiting delegation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2021, with the headline 'Malaysian navy chief here on 3-day introductory visit'. Subscribe