29 September 2015
Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (image : GoogleMaps)
PORT DICKSON (Bernama) -- The construction of the new airbase for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in Sendayan, Seremban is now being actively carried out and so far, 40 per cent of the project has been developed.
Air Force chief General Tan Sri Roslan Saad said according to the plan, the new air base was expected to be fully completed by the end of 2016 and operations would begin early the following year.
"The airbase, covering 303 hectares, would accommodate 1,500 personnel. The RMAF would make the base as a training centre and emplace all training units at all airbases throughout the country in one location only.
"The new air base is to replace the existing base in Sungai Besi," he said at a media conference after a parade at the Army Basic Training Centre, here Monday
Also present were the Joint Forces Commander Lt Gen Datuk Baharom Hamzah, Army Training Commander Maj Gen Datuk Suhaimi Mohd Zuki and Assistant Chief of Staff MK TL Exercise Operations Rear Admiral Datuk Pahlawan Mior Rosdi Mior Mohd Jaafar.
He said that besides making it as a professional training centre for officers and men in the fields of logistics, administration and management, the new air base would also accommodate the Training Commanding Headquarters.
He said that about 30 per cent of the base would be reserved as a green area to be used as training ground for the military besides for future development if necessary.
Meanwhile, 847 members of the Malbatt 850-2 team who carried out the mission of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were awarded the PNBB medals.
They comprised 75 officers and 772 other ranks led by Colonel Khaswadi Lahuri.
Three officers and 27 members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces also received the awards.
The awards were to recognise the success of the troops in carrying out the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon for 12 months beginning Sept 25 2014.