Artikel: New Straits Times 27 Jan 2012
THE Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) held a change of command, involving five unit commanders, and a certification award ceremony recently.
Fleet Operations commander Vice-Admiral Datuk Wira Jamil Osman oversaw the ceremony held on board KD Mahawangsa.
Also present at the event were Fleet Systems commander Rear Admiral Datuk Khairuddin Khalid and Fleet Senior Officer Afloat Captain Jamel Abd Rahman.
Among those involved in the change of command was Commander Redzuan Talib, who took over the commanding officer's post of KD Panglima Hitam, Paskal, the elite unit of RMN, from Captain Jamal-ludin Saman.
Commander Sazalee Shoib took over as the commanding officer of 501 Squadron from Commander Ajazi Jamaludin.
■ The latter in turn was given charge as commanding officer of 502 Squadron, replacing Commander Mohd Mokhtaruddeen Mohd Mokhtar.
The 501 and 502 Squadrons operate the Fennec and Super Lynx helicopters, respectively, of the Navy's air wing, KD Rajawali.
Commander Ahmad Sharifudin Abu Bakar took over as commanding officer of the frigate KD Lekir from Lieutenant Commander Mohamad Shaifudin Hassan, while Commander Shahril Amir Mohd Mokhtar was named commanding officer of training vessel KD Hang Tuah in place of Lieutenant Commander Shahris Faisal Abdullah.
During the certification award ceremony, KD Mahawangsa became the first ship in RMN to receive the 5S Certificate from the Malaysia Productivity Corporation's (MPC) director-general Mohd Razali Hussain.
MPC, a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), awarded the certificate following an audit of KD Mahawangsa, based on the 5S principles: Sort, Set, Shine, Standardise and Sustain.
The 29-year-old KD Mahawangsa, built by South Korea, is a Multi Purpose Command Support Ship (MPC-SS) ship of the RMN.
The 103m long, 18.5m wide vessel weighs 4,700 tonnes and has a crew of 187 officers and men.
KD Mahawangsa, which began service in 1983 and commanded by Captain (RMN) Jamel Abd Rahman, who is also the Senior Officer Afloat, has a cruising speed of 14-15 knots.
The ship has served during many conflicts and disasters, delivering troops, equipment and supplies within the country and in international regions. It can carry 20 armoured tanks or 30 army 3-tonne trucks.
Presently, the vessel is being used as a training ship and has the distinction of being the first RMN warship to enter the Malaysia Book of Records, earning the Integrated Management System and the Occupational, Health Safety Management System awards on May 18, last year.
Jamil, while congratulating the officers and men on their high standards and responsible nature, said it is a momentous occasion for RMN to celebrate two events simultaneously as it is economical.
The save-time-and-cost system audit by MPC is comparable to a journey towards excellence, which
together with the already in p balance scorecard and strat< management, will augur well provide a benchmark for RJV fleet and units progression, 3i said.
"Nothing is impossible. The awarded to KD Mahawangsa cai a catalyst for inspiration and ativity for the 'Navy People' to hance its image of a world stanc navy," Jamil added.