KOCHI. The Royal Malaysian Navy(RMN) Ship KD Jebat commanded by Commander Mohammed Noorsyarizal Bin Mohammed Noordin arrived in Kochi for undergoing maiden Operational Sea Training (OST), from October 10- 22, 2018, under the aegis of the Indian Naval Work Up Team (INWT). Commander Mohammed Noorsyarizal, the Commanding Officer (CO) of KD Jebat, called on Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command (SNC) on October 10, 2018 and discussed foreign cooperation issues between the two countries.
Later in the day, the Commanding Officer of the RMN ship called on Rear Admiral SJ Singh, NM, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), who gave the CO a broad overview of the Workup schedule and training related activities.
The OST of KD Jebat is a major milestone in enhancing naval cooperation between India and Malaysia. It also forms an integral part of India’s policy of capability building of Indian Ocean Region (IOR) littoral nations. Over the next two weeks, the INWT will train the crew of KD Jebat in various aspects of operations at sea.
This is the first time that a Malaysian ship is undergoing any such training activity in India. India traditionally has enjoyed warm relations with Malaysia due to shared historical and cultural linkages going back thousands of years. Malaysia is also an important country in the context of our dialogue partnership with ASEAN and our membership of the East Asia Summit.
KD Jebat is a Lekiu class guided missile frigate and is based at Lumut, as part of the 23rd Frigate Squadron of Royal Malaysian Navy. The ship was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow, England and commissioned on 10 Nov 1999. It is named after Hang Jebat, the erstwhile Laksamana (Admiral) of the Malacca Sultanate.