USNI News – Nations part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) – Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom – began the field training portion of the Bersama Gold 2021 exercise today on Friday.
Naval News – The Royal Malaysian Navy has launched its first ever Unmanned Aerial System Squadron. The newly created “Squadron 601” will operate the Insitu ScanEagle UAS.
– Marine Link – Chinese coastguard and navy ships intruded into Malaysian waters in the disputed South China Sea 89 times between 2016 to 2019, and often remained in the area even after being turned away by the Malaysian navy, the government said in a report on Tuesday.
– Global Times – China’s shipbuilding giant has delivered the first of four littoral mission ships (LMS) to the Royal Malaysian Navy, marking the high-level military cooperation between China and Malaysia.
– CIMSEC – No Malaysian security official that the author interviewed saw any significant improvements in the security situation in the Southern Philippines, and especially throughout Sulu and Tawi Tawi. Despite bilateral pledges of cooperation in counterterrorism, they expect incursions, maritime kidnappings and ship-jackings to continue. And since they have little confidence in Philippine authorities, they know that the onus was on them to enhance security and deter incursions.
– Defense News – Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have officially marked the launch of trilateral air patrols over the troubled waters of the Sulu Sea.
– Defense World – Japan is looking to gift its decommissioned military patrol aircraft P-3Cs to Malaysia to help the South East Asian country effectively guard the South China Sea.
– USNI News – Malaysian military officials are disputing a claim made in Chinese state media that three People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships conducted a Jan. 26 patrol around James Shoal — 58 miles off the coast of the island nation.
–Navy Recognition – The latest updates on the Malaysian LCS program.
– Defense Technology International – DCNS, through its local partner in Malaysia, Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), has won its first export contract for a Gowind ship. The €2.14 bn deal has been signed by BNS with the Malaysian government for six Gowind-class corvettes, the biggest of the Gowind family developed on its own funds by the French military naval systems group.
– BBC – Malaysia says its navy commandos have foiled an attempted hijacking of a ship in the Gulf of Aden, rescuing 23 crew and capturing seven Somali pirates.
Defense Technology International – Malaysia Takes Delivery of Its First Ever Submarine
Malaysia took delivery today of its first ever submarine: a Scorpene built by French military shipyard DCNS in partnership with Spanish shipyard Navantia.
BBC – Malaysia is sending three navy ships to the coast of Somalia to protect merchant vessels from piracy.
New Straits Times – The Royal Malaysian Navy is looking at acquiring the capability of protecting its two Scorpene diesel-electric submarines.
Bernama – A look at the training required to take the Malaysian Navy’s new submarine, the Agosta-class Ouessant, to sea.
Bernama – Life aboard the Ouessant, the Agosta-class submarine used by Malaysia’s first batch of submariners for initial training.
New Straits Times – The navies of Malaysia and Indonesia today pledged to avoid a recurrence of last Friday’s incident in which two warships brushed sides while patrolling disputed waters near Pulau Sipadan.
New Strait Times – Malaysian naval ships will continue patrolling the disputed maritime border in the Sulawesi Sea.