First KD Jebat XO is Now the RMN Chief

SHAH ALAM: Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badaruddin has succeeded Admiral Aziz Jaafar as the new chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy today. Kamarulzaman was the XO of KD Jebat after the ship was launched in Scotland in 1995 until its commissioning in 1999. Jebat was also Kamarulzaman’s last sea command before he moved up the RMN chain of command.

Kamarulzaman, 56, replaced Abdul Aziz who had served as RMN chief since 2008. Abdul Aziz is on leave pending mandatory retirement.

RMN Chief Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin. TLDM picture.
RMN Chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badaruddin. TLDM picture.

Kamarulzaman a former Putra RMC joined the RMN in 1977. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College.
A former RMN captain described him as an “exceptional officer who seem to excel in what ever job or circumstances you put him through”.

RMN chief Admiral Kamarulzaman. Mindef picture.
RMN chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman. Mindef picture.

Indeed, Kamarulzaman won the Best student award when he attended the Armed Forces Defence College (MPAT). All of the current service chiefs had also attended the college.

Meanwhile, Vice-Admiral Anuwi Hassan has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of the RMN.

— Malaysian Defence.

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