KOTA KINABALU, (Sept 9) – The Asia Pacific Submarine Conference (APSC) allows the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to share knowledge on Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) with countries operating high powered submarines.
Chief of Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the conference (Sept 8-11) will help the navy to plan and develop assets for SMER based on our capability.
“In any tragic accidents involving ships and submarines, relief efforts such as providing oxygen supply have be to done within 72 hours to save the lives of the crew.
“It is an honour for the RMN and Malaysia to organise this international conference as Malaysia’s submarine unit was only established five years ago,” he told reporters after opening the conference here, today.
Themed “Enhancing Interoperability for Safety,’ the conference aims to gather and create a communications network of all countries operating submarines and organisations with interest in SMER.
APSC was first held in 2001 on the initiative of the United States following the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk on Aug 12, 2000, which killed all 118 crew.
Abdul Aziz said APSC is the best platform to create a transparent communication network in submarine operation and SMER and to share best practices to enhance confidence building and contribute to regional stability.
The conference is attended by 61 participants from Australia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia,Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO). — BERNAMA