LABUAN – The deployment of the Hawk Squadron from Butterworth base to Labuan Air Force Base has turned it into the main operating base for Sabah and Sarawak.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief General Tan Sri Roslan Saad said RMAF would look into the needs of additional and upgrading infrastructure at the Labuan Air Force Base.
“The need for the infrastructure upgrading is timely with the deployment of Hawk Squadron from Butterworth base to a fixed base in Labuan.
“And with the shifting of the Squadron and additional assets, we are adding more infrastructures and asset at the Labuan Air Force Base,” he told reporters at the closing of the RMAF Exercise PARADISE 3/16 at the Labuan Air Force Base here Wednesday.
He said plans are also afoot to improve the runway facilities so as the aircraft could operate smoothly and effectively.
Roslan said the shifting of the Squadron to a fixed base here is aimed at strengthening security of Sabah’s airspace especially within the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).
He said despite the Labuan Air Force Base became the main operating for Sabah and Sarawak, other RMAF bases in other states would render their cooperation whenever needed.
“The readiness of the RMAF is outstanding as it is always prepared to face any untoward incident or any situation required it. Furthermore, we do not have to put many personnel in any base or put too many (personnel) in one basket, we can react very fast to any situation,” he said.
The personnel strength of the Air Force base in Labuan stands at over 1,200.