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    Royal Malaysian Navy gather to discuss amphibious logistics during PALS

    Pacific Amphibious Leaders Symposium (PALS) 18

    Photo By Cpl. Patrick Mahoney | Malaysian Brig. Gen. Tengku Muhammad Fauzi Tengku Ibrahim, commander, 10th Brigade,...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Thomas Miller 

    U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

    HONOLULU – Senior leaders from the Royal Malaysian Navy gathered with more than 20 allied and partner militaries to discuss the value of amphibious operations during the Pacific Amphibious Leadership Symposium, or PALS, in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23, 2018.

    The symposium is designed to foster greater stability and prosperity by facilitating multilateral/ bilateral discussions and engagements to plan, foster and encourage amphibious development.

    “This is a good forum for discussion between the leaders to talk about improvement, to talk about new technologies that could enhance the deployment of the troops on shore, to look at how to better the existing logistical systems that each country have,” said Royal Malaysian Navy Rear Adm. Khairul Anuar Yahya, assistant chief of staff, Operations and Exercises, Naval Headquarters. “Different countries have different ways of doing things. Of course, this is more of a learning [process], something that we could take back that could perhaps enhance our own logistical systems.”

    One of the key topics of the symposium is logistical support to amphibious operations.
    “This year the logistics system, the topics they’re talking about, they are looking at how our present technologies could be used to help improve the logistical systems,” Yahya said. “These are techniques people are looking at and nations are looking at to improve the efficiency of the logistics systems.”

    PALS was created to enhance amphibious operability and crisis response capabilities and mutual international relationships.

    “We’re sharing ideas with 22 [militaries], you can bet somebody is trying something new,” said U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Force, Pacific. “So you can accelerate your learning, you can build your readiness if you are humble enough to accept other countries who are on the same path as you are, and that’s the whole purpose of this.”

    Yahya discussed the importance of attending the symposium and the benefit it can have for smaller countries that may be new to the concepts of amphibious operations, as well as how the information gained can improve readiness in response to new challenges.

    “We would like to continue to be invited for such symposiums. It will certainly [be a] benefit to small countries like us,” Yahya said. “Personally, I feel it brings together the officers of many countries…it brings new ideas. For the past day and a half you will see that new things come up, especially with regard to new technologies that have been deployed, that have been used. With regard to this year’s team or topics which talks about logistic systems, it’s new in the sense that people are talking about how best to support the troops.”



    Date Taken: 05.23.2018
    Date Posted: 05.23.2018 23:41
    Story ID: 278203
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 

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