Royal Malaysian Navy set up its Search and Recovery capabilities

15 Dec 2010
Royal Malaysian Navy set up its Search and Recovery capabilities

Since Malaysia is essentially a maritime nation (country’s maritime area is about twice its land area), the Royal Malaysian Navy is one of the largest and most technologically advanced navies in South East Asia. To follow up with the Royal Malaysian Navy commissioning of its two first new submarines in 2009 and 2010, the ability for the RMN to rapidly and effectively provide assistance to a distressed submarine appears to be of vital importance.

It is known that in December 2010, Target Resources Sendirian Berhad was awarded a contract to provide an intervention first response service in the case of a submarine in distress.
A reliable source sums up the development as follows: “SMER-Intervention primary role is to assist the Distressed Submarine in maintaining condition onboard by means of different interventions : first is to urgently localize the submarine, then remove debris, operate depressurization and ventilation and finally prepare for SRV operation. Under short notice after call-out, the RMN requires a system able to quickly locate the distress sub” says the reliable source. “ACSA has been contracted to supply its GIB-SUBSAR systems and associated training and exercises. Factually, the GIB-SUBSAR system is not only deployable from a high speed rescue boat but is also the best solution in terms of capability, efficiency and affordability. It offers a very compact product and the fastest and most accurate localization system on the market to position the distress submarine. Indeed, due to well-known ACSA expertise in Search & Recovery of black boxes, we decided to take this opportunity to extend the perimeter of Target Resources Sendirian Berhad primary mission. Still based on the ACSA GIB system, Target Resources is also able to offer a secondary role relating to civil or military aircraft crashed at sea by providing the Malaysian Authorities with a full autonomous black boxes Search And Recovery operational capability combined with the ACSA UW 3D GPS tracking system for recovery means guidance. The service is expected to be operational towards the end of 2012.”