For more than 10 years, DCI-NAVFCO - DCI’s naval operational department – has been standing next to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to support it step by step in the creation of a submarine force ab initio, according to an official statement.
DCI is currently training new submariners while continuing training former batches. DCI is also training several crew members to the instructor position so that the RMN may be autonomous in the future.
In 2003, DCI-NAVFCO – DCSN being the prime contractor – started a significant partnership with the RMN to support it in the creation of a submarine force able to deploy two submarines type SCORPENE.
It took four years to gather and train in France two SCORPENE submarine crews, a reserve team and a suitable Staff. One submarine was built in France while the other one was built in Spain. They arrived in Malaysia in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
The RMN is creating an Academy within the submarine base of Kota Kinabalu on the Borneo island so that the submariners may become autonomous. It entrusted DCI-NAVFCO with the mission to support its implementation and development.
“I am proud of DCI-NAVFCO which was able to establish a strong and perennial partnership with the Malaysian Navy. This partnership relies on mutual respect and trust,” declared Admiral Bruno NIELLY, Chief Executive Officer of DCI-NAVFCO. “This is why, at the end of the current contracts, I sincerely hope that we will continue the links in a form that we must still define with our partners.”