BANGKOK: RMN new chief. Admiral Mohd Reza Mohd Sany has taken over as the chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy, today.
Reza, 55, the son of a former CDF and Army chief took over from Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin, who is retiring. Kamarulzaman is taking leave pending his official retirement early next year. Reza is the the 17th Chief of Navy. He was appointed as RMN deputy chief on July 13, 2018.The Kuala Lumpur-born joined RMN on May 1, 1981 after completing his studies at the Royal Military College.
Mohd Reza had held a number of important posts including Joint Forces commander, RMN frigate KD Lekiu commanding officer and Naval Region 1 commander. He had also served as an ADC to the late Agong Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah. Reza’s elder brother retired as a three star general in the Army.
In his first interview following his appointment, Reza said the RMN 15-5 Transformation Plan initiated by his predecessor would continue to enhance capabilities in relief operations and moving of troops and equipment.
“It will be streamlined, fixed from time to time according to the circumstances and needs.
The transformation ’15 to 5 ‘ program is a fleet restructuring plan which sees reduction from 15 vessel classes to five classes.
This is to reduce dependence on external countries as well as enable better and efficient logistics management, while enhancing the local shipbuilding industry.
Reza’s position as deputy RMN chief has been taken up Vice Admiral Khairul Anuar Yahya. He was promoted to the post several hours before the promotion as Reza as the chief. Khairul was the commanding officer of KD Laksamana Muhamad Amin prior to his promotion to higher ranks.
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Congratulations to Admiral Mohd Reza Mohd Sany for your appointment, and a big thank you and happy retirement for Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin.
Admiral Nohd Reza has a very big shoes to fill, as Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin is one of trendsetting leaders in the malaysian military, coming up with clear future planning with the 15 to 5 plan.
This is what Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong had to say about Admiral Kamarulzaman Badaruddin and the 15 to 5 plan:
“He and his team have an economic plan, which is very unusual for a military leader.”
“To me, the transformation programme is essentially an attempt to explain the Navy’s long-term economic needs in language that can be understood by laymen, politicians and policy thinkers – even the rank and file”