Apprentices at HMAS Nirimba (1969 – 1991)

In July 1969 the first batch of apprentices from the Royal Malaysian Navy began their 18 month training in HMAS Nirimba in the South West of Sydney at Quakers Hill, although there is a listing for 1965.
The idea as hatched by Rear Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) K Thanabalasingam RMN who was Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy between 1967 and 1976.
The Artificers (also known as ‘Mobis’, ‘Shilpis’ and ‘Artapps’) started their own Alumni in 2014 initiated by Mike Choo and is now continued in Malaysia by Lieutenant Commander Shandra s/o Dass RMN (Class of Jan 1974). His contact email is shandradass@yahoo.com and you can send him details to join the Royal Malaysian Naval Artificers.
In all, HMAS Nirimba took 462 Apprentices’ between Jul 1969 and the last group in Jan 1991. At M-ADAA, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the first intake on 2 Aug 2019 and we were pleased that Rear Admiral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) K Thanabalasingam RMN and Lieutenant Commander Shandra s/o Dass RMN made speeches.
We are still missing some contact details and there is also a list of ‘Unknowns’ taken from Skilled Hands at Sea which is the unofficial nominal roll of the school. Please contact us at membership@m-adaa.org if you are not in contact or there is a mistake in our listing.

Course Date First Name Family Name Rank In Contact? Posted Country  
Jan 1965 Unknown Unknown No
Jan 1965 Total 1
Jul 1965 Samual Ee Chiu Yap Deceased MALAYSIA
Jul 1965 Total 1
Jul 1969 Ahmad Abd Rahim Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Ai Chin Teng Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Bahrom Saring Chief Petty Officer No
Ban Ne Low Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Cheng Hup Cheah Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Daniel Teck Chai How Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Daniel Whai Ann Ho Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Ganiswaran Ramachandran Chief Petty Officer Yes SINGAPORE
Keng Huat Chow Deceased MALAYSIA
Khalili Khalid Yes MALAYSIA
Len Chow Lim Master Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Muthusamy Ramasamy No
Rajendran Rasiah Lieutenant Commander Unsubscribed MALAYSIA
Rangith Jinadasa Lieutenant Yes VIETNAM
Siak Wai Foo No
Ten Wah Wong Chief Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Thomas Wong Chief Petty Officer Yes HONG KONG
Vasu Kurijamboo Deceased MALAYSIA
Why Heng Wong Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Jul 1969 Total 19
Jul 1970 Ahmad Pharodz Abd Rahman Yes MALAYSIA
Ayub Mohamad Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Goh Siew Yoong Yes SINGAPORE
Hi Ben Foo Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Hj Mohd Amin Mohd Yusof Deceased MALAYSIA
John Tet Leong Soon Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Kamarulzaman Kadir Yes MALAYSIA
Khairuddin Hassan No
Khamarulzaman Mahmood Yes MALAYSIA
Kim Hom Lee Yes MALAYSIA
Kim Soon Yap Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Kusmavi Singh Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Nadesar Panniah Yes MALAYSIA
Paul Doss Chief Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Roslan Yahya Yes MALAYSIA
Shabudin Che Sab Yes MALAYSIA
Sing Soon Koh No
Tet Kah Soon Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Tong Boo Woon Yes MALAYSIA
William Leong Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Jul 1970 Total 20
Jan 1971 Abdul Razak Jaffar Deceased MALAYSIA
Aik Chu Lim Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Han Seong Teoh Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Hassan Din Yes MALAYSIA
Kheng Tee Ooi Deceased MALAYSIA
Kwong Seng Yeong Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Lim Yoke Lai No
Maruthiah Chillayah Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Ramli Shawari Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Ralph E Rodrigues Yes AUSTRALIA
Ramli Mansor Unsubscribed MALAYSIA
Shaiful Yazon Ariffin Deceased MALAYSIA
Shamsuddin No
Shingara Singh Chief Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Y L Lim No
Yeog No
Ramli No
Mohommed No
Abdul Razak No
Jan 1971 Total 19
Jul 1971 Abd Aziz Ghalim Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Abd Rashid Idris No
Abdul Hamid Abdul Majid Lieutenant Yes Q
Azmi Harun Unsubscribed MALAYSIA
Bon Piaw Lim Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Daniel Seng Hock Soo Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Hj Mohd Amin Hj Ridual Deceased MALAYSIA
Mastar Samion Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Rus Mohd Shah No
Mokhtar Sulong No
Omar Hanafi No
Syed Isa Syed Abdul Rahman Alhabshee Deceased MALAYSIA
Wan Harun Wan Bakar Yes MALAYSIA
Yeow Boon Yan Deceased MALAYSIA
Jul 1971 Total 14
Jan 1972 Abel Ranyes Bana Yes MALAYSIA
Ahmad Bashir Ismail Yes MALAYSIA
Hashim Teklan Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Louis Kok Mun Low Yes MALAYSIA
Mohammad Md.Chin Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Ngabas Ishak Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Muniandy Kannan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Sadun Muaseh Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Vicknesvaran Selvadurai Deceased MALAYSIA
Wayne Boo Wang Ng Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Zainol Abidin Hassan Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Jan 1972 Total 11
Jul 1972 Abdul Aziz Mat Jasah No
Abdul Razak Gopal No
Daud Harun No
Ismail Ishak No
Abdullah No
Kairuddin Satar No
Mohd Jamal Mohd Ali No
Mohd Khalid Mohammad No
Mohd Zaaba Siong No
Omar Kamal Narayasamy Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Ong Ing Syed Ibrahim No
Rajagopal Narayanan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Rosli Lebai Shariff No
Rosmuni Md Akib No
Saad Basir No
Sakrani Dollah No
Syed Azimal Ismail No
Hussain No
Jul 1972 Total 18
Jan 1973 Albert Ong Hee Lee No
Doon Koon Foo No
G P Velayauthem Govinda No
Govindasamy Rengasamy No
Imara Peter No
Kamal Haji Mat Noor No
Letchumanan Katuaraveloo Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Maruthiiah Munusamy Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd A Ghani No
Raman Kuppusamy Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Sulaiman Samsuddin No
Yusoff Hilmy Mohd Meah Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Jan 1973 Total 12
Jul 1973 Ahad Abdul No
Ahmad Haren No
Foo Meng Rhee No
Isa Alwi Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Jamaluddin Sapari Deceased MALAYSIA
Kee Huat Choo No
Md Yassin Hasbullah Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Khalid Abd Samad Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Nor Yaakub No
Nordin Noh Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Sahari Hassan No
Tart Keong Au No
Teng Guan Khoo Chief Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Wee Keng Lim No
Jul 1973 Total 14
Jan 1974 Arbi Ramli No
Ashok Gopalan Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Aziz Abdullah Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Fadzir H J Suak No
Krishnamurthy Vengadasalam Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Wasir No
Mohd Zaifforllah Mansoor Yes MALAYSIA
Musa Yunus No
Othman Walad No
Ramlibin Kassim No
Robert James Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Satwant Singh No
Shandra Dass Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Vijayakumar Murugasu Kumar Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Rajindarsingh No
Jan 1974 Total 15
Jul 1974 Abdul Aziz Mohd Hanafiah Deceased MALAYSIA
Azizan Majid No
Ghazali Deceased MALAYSIA
Jamil Khan Ahmad Khan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Leek Khai Yeoh Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mansor Darus Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Mohamad Fadzilah Harun Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohamad Ithini Musni No
Mokhtar Ismail No
Muhammad Azize Abdul Malek Deceased MALAYSIA
Muhammad Yusof Md Isa Deceased MALAYSIA
Ramlan Othman Yes MALAYSIA
Salim Yusof Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Zainul Anuar Izaham No
Zaroni Takin No
Jul 1974 Total 15
Jul 1975 Abd Karim Yusof No
Abd Khafi Yusof No
Adnan Hamat No
Ahmad Othman No
Aznan Yunos No
Bakhtiar Jemily Sabtu No
Chandra Appavoo Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Eric Yong Cheng Mong Chief Petty Officer Deceased MALAYSIA
Jaffar Omar Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
John De Souza Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Kamanoorni Kidam No
Le Chiu Yap No
Masngut Mohd Dimayati No
Mohd Fauzi Yahya No
Nik Azizan Bik Ariffin Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Norzahari Arshad Chief Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Osman Jaafar No
Salahuddin Nuawi Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Yazid Nordin No
Jul 1975 Total 19
Jan 1976 Abd Nasir Taib No
Abd Rahman Abd Hamid No
Abdullah Awang No
Ahmad Osman Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Aman Tulos Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Asaad Abd Mutalis No
Awalluddin Lan No
Che Hassan Abd Latif No
Dahlan Simin Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Hashin Taib No
Kairuddin Saad No
Krishnasamy Appo Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Hazedi Hussain Yes MALAYSIA
Rosli Mahadi No
Ruzaimi Abu Bakar Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Suleiman Abd Rahman Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Syed Khairudin No
Wan Md Najib Wan Osman No
Wan Roslan Wan Ishak Yes MALAYSIA
Yusof Dan No
Zakaria Hashim No
Jan 1976 Total 21
Jul 1976 Abdullah Zamli No
Ahmad Adam Mohamed Yunus Master Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Ahmad Sukarla Abdul Mohd Warrant Officer Class Two Yes AUSTRALIA
Ahman Usoff Elangovan No
Anifah Rahmat Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Azmi Mokman No
Kim Lye Ong No
Mohd Sidek No
Rezduan Deceased MALAYSIA
Normateen No
Ghazali Deceased MALAYSIA
Fazin No
Mohd Azil Esa Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Sobki No
Moktar Abidin Wakaria Deceased MALAYSIA
Noor Rizan Abd Rahman Master Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Norrulashikin K. Baharin Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Jul 1976 Total 17
Jan 1977 Abdul Aziz Ahmad Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Abdullah No
Alang No
Che Ambi No
Ismail No
Mohd Adnan No
Mohd Shaberi No
Mohd Shatar No
Mustafa No
Norodin No
Ordin No
Sabarudin No
Jan 1977 Total 12
Jul 1977 Abd Hamid Saiyudi Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Abdullah Zamli Alias Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Basiran No
Fadzil No
Hamdan Rostam Chief Petty Officer Yes AUSTRALIA
Jamislam HJ Abdul Jalil Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Kamaruddin Mohd Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Azini No
Mohd Zaini Yahya Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Nik Kadir No
Razaly No
Rezman No
Zakaria Basharudin No
Jul 1977 Total 13
Jul 1978 Ahmad Bakar Yes MALAYSIA
Anuar No
Balan No
Harikrushnan Rethinisamy Yes MALAYSIA
Jimin No
Lee No
Mohd Razali No
Ramle No
Ruslan No
Samsudin Deceased MALAYSIA
Zainal Abidin Deceased MALAYSIA
Jul 1978 Total 11
Jan 1979 Abdullah No
Arzahari Deceased MALAYSIA
Gopal Singh No
Hanim Radin Ibrahim Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Kalimuthu Pooniah Yes MALAYSIA
Lokman No
Norzan Deceased MALAYSIA
Vincent No
Yeap Deceased AUSTRALIA
Zahir No
Zainal Deceased MALAYSIA
Zulkifli No
Jan 1979 Total 12
Jul 1979 Ahmad No
Ahmad No
Ali No
Chelvan No
Con No
Darban No
Hassan Bindin Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Ibrahim No
Kathidas No
Khamid No
Kwee Yin Oon Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohammad Rawi Abdullah Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Khalid Sulaiman Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Noradzmi No
Rafi No
Rahman No
Ranim No
Sahuddin No
Salleh No
Sazali No
Sharif No
Sharimar No
Wansuria No
Jul 1979 Total 23
Jan 1980 A Kamal No
Abdul Malek Shudadi Petty Officer No
Ahmad Hasan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
B A Azman No
B A B M Ghazali No
B O Mustafa No
B Y Kamzol No
Hoon Teik Lee Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Kwong Seong Tang Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Sayudzi Ismail Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Othman Kassim Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
P I Zulkifli No
S L S Magason No
Jan 1980 Total 13
Jul 1980 B A Sulaiman No
B I Czul Kamain No
B J Haundin No
B M Mazni No
B M D S Hefeny No
Azhar No
B R Azdan No
B S Yonos No
B Y Said No
C K Yeo No
N B A Hisma No
W Y Chan No
Jul 1980 Total 12
Jan 1981 Abd Rahim Yaakob No
Abdul Haris Ahmad No
Abrahid Rahian Adam No
Ahmad Abu No
Ashok Kawen No
Chandran P. Nalliah Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Fredericks Raymon Vincent No
Ibrahim Ismail Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Idrus Noordin Seaman Yes MALAYSIA
James Francis Louis Seaman Yes MALAYSIA
Kim Chye Yim No
M Aminul Rashid Abd Ghani No
Mior Ismadi Mior Ibrahim No
Mohamad Bakri Yusof No
Mohamad Razian Adam No
Nagarajan Arunasalam No
Nor Rahim Kadri Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Raymond Peter Moses Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
J S Moses No
Roslin Darus No
Sew Hua Wong No
Shaari Ismail No
Yem Kar Hong No
Zamani Ahmad No
Zorkeplee Ahmad No
Zulkifili Jaafar No
Jan 1981 Total 26
Jul 1981 Alauddin No
Aziz No
Azman Zainuddin Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Carlos No
Chen Kim Looi Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Francis No
Goh No
Ismadi No
Jaafar No
Jeffery Sani Ahmad Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Jegathesan Subramanian Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Khir No
Lim No
Loke No
Manogaron No
Mausor No
Michael Gim Wah Lee Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohamad Khir Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Shukri Abu Bakar Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Muniandi Sinnasamy Yes MALAYSIA
Noor Hisham No
Othman Abdul Munip Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Patrick No
Pneh Chee Wan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Raj No
Ramli Ismail Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Razman Mat Zain  Master Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Rohaizad Bujang Warrant Officer of The Navy Yes MALAYSIA
Samat No
Sedan No
Selvamaniam Ponnusamy Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Shabri No
Sharifuddin No
Wan Roslan Wan Hassan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Zainuddin No
Zainudin Md Yusoff Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Zulkiflee Kadir Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Jul 1981 Total 37
Jan 1982 Abd Mutalib Md Dadi No
Abd Razak Abd Majid No
Ahmad Sukri Saat No
Ahmad Yusof Adnan No
Azman Md Hasim No
Collin Robert Netto No
Ismail Samchik Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Hanaffah No
K’Ng Kok Chang No
Mat Noor Hassan No
Modh Paez Osman No
Mohd Danian Md Nawawi No
Mohd Eluza Hashim No
Mohd Perkins Zainal Abidin No
Mohd Radzi Abd Samat No
Najeri Salman No
Norizan Nordin No
Osman Bahari No
Ravindran Singarevelu Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Razali Ramlan No
Sabarudin Ahmad No
Sarif Taib No
Sim Kai Seng No
Smais Ali No
Zulfa Khor Abd Rahman No
Jan 1982 Total 25
Jul 1982 Adnan Azinuddin No
Ahmad Kamal Abdul Zakaria Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Alias Hashim No
Azifuddin Mohd No
Ismail Othman No
John Pius Anthony Dass No
Khor Cheng Leong No
Pan Leung Hu No
Sazly Sapiee No
Velayuthan K P Bhaskaran No
Vijaya Velan T Thandayuthapany Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Zulkapli Ismail No
Jul 1982 Total 12
Jan 1984 Addenan Md Noor Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Easan No
Halim No
Mahadi No
Rahim No
Rosly No
Saharuddin No
Sallehin No
Suhatmzi No
Tamizi No
Wan Haniff Wan Admad Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Jan 1984 Total 11
Jul 1984 Abdul Halim Yahya No
Othman No
Azhar Othman Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Hazini Hussin No
Hishamudin Ajib No
Lim Poh Chuen Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Manjit Singh Singh No
Mika Jok Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mohamad Abdullah Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Mohd Sofie Said No
Musa Jamil Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Roslee Samsudin No
Jul 1984 Total 12
Jan 1985 Hafidzuddin Norbi Abu Bakar Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
James Aman Petty Officer Deceased MALAYSIA
Kumar Nadarajah Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Mazlan Paniran Petty Officer No
Norzaid Ismail Petty Officer No
Roslan Ismail Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Zaini Mohd Salleh Petty Officer No
Jan 1985 Total 7
Jul 1987 Malik Sulaiman Captain Yes MALAYSIA
Md Hakim Mansor Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Rosli Hj Ahmad Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Zulkifli Abdullah Khir Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Jul 1987 Total 4
Jul 1988 Abd Rahim Abd Manan Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Jul 1988 Total 1
Jan 1991 Asri Mohd Said Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Low Chee Kheng Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Norazman Mahat Warrant Officer Class One Yes MALAYSIA
Jan 1991 Total 3
Unknown David Thiagarajan Pachayapan Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Hamdan Yahya Lieutenant Yes MALAYSIA
Hassan Basri Abdul Rahman Lieutenant No
Manjit Singh Gurbachan Singh Lieutenant Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Mazlan Sarihah Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
Mohamed Azali Yaakop Chief Petty Officer Yes MALAYSIA
Seow Siak Yong Captain No
Shaharuddin Mohamed Noor Lieutenant Commander No
Sheik Khalid Major No
Tajul Anuar Mohd Tahir Warrant Officer Class Two Yes MALAYSIA
William Foo Commander Yes MALAYSIA
Yoke Sit Chin Lieutenant Commander No
Unknown Total 12
Grand Total 462