The ‘First Lady’ of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet conducted a successful visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to extend the hand of friendship and strengthen ties with Malaysia.
HMAS Success and her ship’s company, taking part in the Australian Defence Force activity INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019, were welcomed to Port Klang by Royal Malaysian Navy personnel.
Success’ Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Grogan, said the visit highlighted the importance of the long-standing defence relationship between the two countries.
“Malaysia is a highly-valued regional partner and our relationship is based on similar approaches to regional security and shared interests,” Captain Grogan said.
“The relationship between our two countries is strengthened by our shared values of democracy and openness.”
Members of the ship’s company relished the opportunity to participate in community engagement and sporting activities with the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Among them was Success’ longest-serving able seaman, Boatswain’s Mate Ebonee Miller.
“This is why I joined, to make a difference and help others; it’s what makes deployments so great,” Able Seaman Miller said.
Australian and Malaysian personnel did maintenance work and repairs for the local indigenous community, the Mah Meri, who are famous for their wood carvings.
“The work carried out means a lot to the villagers and it’s helping keep alive their traditions, which is something very important for all of us,” the Mah Meri Community Village’s director, Rashid Esa, said.
The two navies then battled it out on the courts in games of futsal and volleyball.
“When we’re away from home so long and missing family and friends, these sorts of experiences are important for the crew,” Captain Grogan said.
“They’re also an important part of developing a stronger and deeper relationships between our two countries.”
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