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Malaysia-Philippine naval exercises boost border security

First Posted 16:36:00 07/11/2008

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SANDAKAN, Malaysia -- The good working relationship between the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and the Philippine Navy has helped boost border security of the two countries, a Malaysian official said.

?This strong bond has enabled us to resolve navy issues,? said RMN Region II commander First Admiral Syed Zahiruddin Putra Syed Osman at a press conference after the closing of a joint naval exercises between Malaysia and the Philippines recently.

The exercises enabled RMN and the Philippine Navy to develop a better understanding and enhance good working relationship through the naval procedures, he said.

?The border exercise enabled us to learn new things that could improve cooperation for the benefit of both sides,? Syed Zahiruddin said.

Several suggestions were raised including the need to enhance communication systems and organizing activities like sports for the two navies to interact, he added.

Some 250 officers and sailors took part in the exercise conducted in the Philippine and Malaysian waters.

The exercise was launched in Puerto Princesa in the Philippines on June 16 by Commodore Ramon P. Espera Jr, the commander of Philippine Naval Forces West, said Syed Zahiruddin.

?Two RMN ships, KD Ganas and KD Sri Perlis, and the RMN Special Forces participated in the exercise with Philippine Navy?s BRP Rizal, BRP Nicolas Mahusay, BRP Bonny Serrano, Special Forces and Islander,? he said.

The RMN would host next year?s exercise at its new naval base in Sepanggar, he added.

Besides the Philippine Navy, Syed Zahiruddin said the RMN Region II was holding exercises with the navies of Brunei and Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Commodore Espera said he was satisfied with this year?s exercise and hoped it would enhance bilateral cooperation between the two navies. The Star-ANN


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