After a busy year of activities in the West Australian Exercise Area and further afield, conducting Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT with the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, HMAS Dechaineux became the first foreign vessel to berth at the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Kota Kinabalu Naval Base Submarine Pier for her final foreign port visit of 2019.
Commanding Officer HMAS Dechaineux, Commander Brad Francis, said that this meeting with the Royal Malaysian Navy was one of many unequivocal events associated with the Royal Australian Navy strengthening ties with Malaysia.
“Visiting the Kota Kinabalu Naval Base and being granted permission to be first visiting submarine to berth at the submarine pier was a true milestone.
“Having our two countries working together, mutually sharing and gaining a better understanding of our submarine capabilities is beneficial for both forces,” he said.
The time alongside provided a great opportunity for Dechaineux’s crew to meet the host crew from RMNS Tunku Abdul Rahman and further develop the bonds between the two silent services.
The Assistant Defence Advisor to Kuala Lumpur, Captain Doug Griffiths, and Commander Francis, were hosted by Captain Azhar, Chief of Staff of the Royal Malaysian Navy Easter Fleet and Captain Yusri, Chief of Staff of the Royal Malaysian Navy Submarine Force for discussions on mutual areas of interest.
Officers and crew members from both nations then engaged in extensive discussions and knowledge sharing about submarine logistics, workforce matters, engineering and training.
The discussions were mutually beneficial, providing a greater understanding of Malaysian and Australian submarine capabilities and identifying future areas of cooperation.
Following the discussions, both submarine crews attended a welcome lunch and ‘crew games’, which provided further opportunities to share experiences and strengthen relationships between the two forces.
Australia and Malaysia exercise regularly together through the BERSAMA series of exercises and MASTEX activities.