PETALING JAYA: Despite the submarine force being established only a decade ago, the training and capabilities of Malaysian submariners are comparable to other countries, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
“We can be proud of what they’ve achieved in such a short time,” he said after receiving his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Defence Ministry here. “And now, we have to think about how we can raise their capabilities ever further.”
Hishammuddin said when he visited Sepanggar Naval base in Sabah on Monday, Le Drian was “truly impressed by the capability of our Scorpene submarines and the submariners”.
He said their discussion also centred around global and emerging threats, including the Islamic State (IS), along with assets Malaysia might need to meet these challenges.