Military Capabilities

Malaysia seeks balance in ‘15-to-5’ concept to tackle maritime security ‘hot spots’

24 February 2018

Key Points

  • The Royal Malaysian Navy is shifting its force structure focus to address maritime security challenges in its eastern region
  • Multinational co-operation is helping reduce maritime security risks in Malaysia’s eastern and western regions

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is seeking the right balance between capability and presence in its ‘15-to-5’ force structure concept, in order to tackle maritime security ‘hot spots’ off its eastern region, according to a senior officer.

First Admiral Shamsuddin Hj Ludin, the RMN’s assistant chief of staff for plans and development, told the IQPC Surface Warships conference in London in February that Malaysia’s 2017 decision to divide its fleet between its western and eastern regions was driven by the need to address growing maritime security challenges in the east.

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