Navy praised for giving skills training to all staff
MILESTONE: RMN training centres recognised by Marine Department
LUMUT: AS it celebrated its 78th anniversary, the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) marked an important milestone in becoming a world-class naval force.
The RMN naval base here has joined the ranks of internationally-renowned bases because two of its training centres at the naval base here are recognised as Maritime Training Institutes by the Marine Department Malaysia.
The training centres are KD Pelanduk and KD Sultan Idris I. The former is a training centre for rank-and-file personnel while the latter trains RMN officers.
The certificate of recognition for the two institutes was presented by department director-general Capt Datuk Ahmad Othman to RMN chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar in a ceremony, also attended by Lumut member of parliament and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
Speaking here yesterday, Aziz said the certification would be valid for five years and renewed upon expiry.
He said the RMN had implemented two out of nine basic modules under the Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1995. (STCW 95).
The two modules are "Basic Safety and Training" and "Tanker Familiarisation".
"The number of modules will increase in stages according to the capacity and needs of the RMN.
"The certification is a noble effort by the RMN to increase and diversify the competency level of the navy men in seafaring.
"The effort is also to turn RMN personnel into a skilled workforce capable of contributing their expertise to the nation upon leaving the service or retirement."
Aziz said the certification also reflected the RMN's mission to enhance Malaysia's status as a maritime nation and attract the younger generation to join the navy.
Since last year, the RMN has conducted eight STCW 95 training courses involving the two modules.
Aziz said with certificates in the two modules, their recipients could obtain jobs in maritime industry especially in shipping and oil and gas exploration sectors, adding that 240 navy rank-and-file had completed the modules.
"The recognition is very important as navy personnel would have employment opportunities in shipping.
"It is also part of the government's effort in strengthening Malaysia as a maritime nation and to make the RMN a career choice for the younger generation."
"Once they leave the navy, they can apply to private maritime training institutes to pursue other courses."
He said other courses like Medical First Aid, Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, Advance Fire-Fighting, Radar Observer, Electronic Navigation Aids, General Operator's Certificate, Deck Watch Keeper Officer and Watch Keeper Engineering would be introduced in stages.