US, Royal Malaysian Navies conduct Submarine warfare talks
Commander, Submarine Group Seven conducted bilateral talks with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN or TLDM for Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia) July 9-10 at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam. The meeting, hosted by Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen (CSS-15), brought together key leaders from the U.S. and Malaysian submarine forces. Rear Adm. Jimmy Pitts, Commander, Submarine Group 7, met with RMN Submarine Force Commander, First Adm. Baharudin Bin Wan Md Nor to review and establish combined goals and future plans for joint training and exercises. “Our two navies have had a long history of working together,” said Baharudin. “As a relatively young submarine force, we are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to meet and discuss ways to further enhance our cooperation with our U.S. counterparts. We believe this cooperation will not only improve our capability but also contributes to wider effort in promoting regional security and stability.” RMN currently has two diesel electric Scorpene-class submarines homeported in Sepanggar, Malaysia. In 2018, they announced plans to procure two more by 2040.