M-ADAA was honoured to have the following VIP guests at the function on 27 September 2016:
Malaysian Armed Forces
GEN Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor – Chief of Army and designated Malaysian Chief of Defence Forces in 2017 [M006];
Rear Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri K Thanabalasingam RMN (Rtd) – First Malaysian Head of Royal Malaysian Navy [M011];
Lieutenant General Dato’ Sri Sabri bin Hj Adam RMAF – Chief of Staff, Malaysian Armed Forces [M012];
Lieutenant General Dato’ Sri Hj Affendi Bin Buang RMAF – Deputy Chief of Air Force;
Vice Admiral Datuk Mat Rabi bin Abu Samah RMN (Rtd) [M112]
Australian Defence Forces
Air Marshal Geoffrey Shepherd AO (Rtd) [A008];
Air Vice Marshal Gavin Turnbull AM – Air Commander Australia [A014];
Brigadier Andrew Freeman AM – Director General Land [A149]
And hosted by;
Mr Rod Smith PSM – Head of Mission, Australian High Commission;
Dr Angela Macdonald – Deputy Head of Mission
The event was organised by Group Captain Wendy Horder, Defence Advisor.
The main speakers at the event – General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor,
Mr Rod Smith PSM, Group Captain Wendy Horder – emphasised the importance of the Alumni to both countries in a spirit of Strategic Development.
We were very honoured to have a very special guest who supports M-ADAA functions – Rear Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri K Thanabalasingam RMN (Rtd). He was the first Malaysian to be Chief of Navy from Dec 1967 to Dec 1976.
He took over the position from Commodore AN Dollard RAN. There were 2 Royal Australian Navy before that (Commodore AM Synot and Captian WJ Dovers) as the transition took place from the British from Feb 1960.
When appointed to Chief of Navy, he was 31 years old.
Under Thanabalasingam and with Tunku Abdul Rahman’s foresight, the Royal Malaysian Navy was gradually transformed from a coastal navy (brown water force) to an ocean-going navy (blue water navy).