18 January 2017
SINGAPORE-- Key Points:
Malaysia will establish three permanent submarine exercise areas in the South China Sea
The move is being undertaken to enhance submarine operating safety in the region, said the Royal Malaysian Navy
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is in the midst of finalizing three permanent submarine exercise areas within Malaysian territorial waters in the South China Sea, a senior service official disclosed on 17 January.
The demarcations, which will be known as the Malaysia Submarine Exercise Area (MSEA) 1, 2, and 3 respectively, are being established as part of the country's efforts to enhance submarine operating safety in the region, said Rear Admiral Abdul Rahman Ayub, Submarine Force Commander of the RMN.