Malaysian medicos make Adelaide house call

Published on LTCOL Phil Pyke (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (author)

Location(s): Port Klang

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Lietenant Colonel Dr. Mohamed Zaki Mokhtar of the Malaysian Armed Forces with Lieutenant Commander Richard Classon, in the Intensive Care Unit of HMAS Adelaide during a visit while the ship is alongside Port Klang, Malaysia, for Indo pacific Endeavour 2017.  (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)
Lietenant Colonel Dr. Mohamed Zaki Mokhtar of the Malaysian Armed Forces with Lieutenant Commander Richard Classon, in the Intensive Care Unit of HMAS Adelaide during a visit while the ship is alongside Port Klang, Malaysia, for Indo pacific Endeavour 2017.
The recent visit to Malaysia by ships from an Australian task group provided an opportunity for medical teams from each country to share stories and talk techniques.
 
A group of Malaysian Armed Forces medics and doctors met with medical staff from HMAS Adelaide and toured the ship’s impressive facilities.
 
Lieutenant Colonel Dr Mohamed Zakir Mokhtar and his team said they were in awe at the modern facilities on Adelaide when escorted by Nursing Officer Lieutenant Commander Richard Classon.
 
“The facility on board this ship is superb with the casualty area, operating theatre, dental surgery, radiography and general treatment areas,” Dr Zaki said.
 
“It has all the required support services as well as additional beds when needed.”
 
Dr Zaki and his team even found the storage of items across the medical facility worthy of note.
 
“Everything has a storage place which demonstrates how well planned this medical facility is,” he said.
 
Lieutenant Commander Classon said he was proud to lead the tour.
 
“Dr Zaki and his team came on board as part of the humanitarian and disaster relief exercise with the Malaysian Armed Forces,” Lieutenant Commander Classon said.
 
“There was strong interest in the medical capability on board Adelaide and the medical team was given a more detailed tour after the main group had departed.”
 
Dr Zaki said that ongoing joint training was the way forward.
 
“In this region, we have seen many disasters over the past decade and there is a need to develop a strong humanitarian and disaster relief responses in our region,” he said.
 
“We would very much like to undertake stronger training with the Australian Defence Force into the future.”
 
Australian ships are in the region reinforcing relationships with regional partners.