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Captain Rohana Is The First Woman To Become First Admiral In The Royal Malaysian Navy

Captain Rohana Is The First Woman To Become First Admiral In The Royal Malaysian Navy

In the Navy’s 86-year history, since it’s inception in April 1934, there has never been a woman of that rank.

Tasneem Nazari

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Captain Rohana Jupri has made history to become the first woman to be promoted to the rank of First Admiral (Laksamana Pertama) in the Royal Malaysian Navy.

In the Navy’s 86-year history, since it’s inception in April 1934, there has never been a woman of that rank.

Rohana said the promotion was a recognition of her 36 years of service at RMN

I hope there are more women candidates who can follow in my footsteps. There is room available for women in RMN to grow

Captain Rohana Jupri, Royal Malaysian Navy First Admiral

The 57-year-old mother of four who is originally from Tanjong Karang, Selangor joined the Navy on 20 December 1984.

Captain Rohana Jupri during the ceremony. (Credit: Bernama)

Since then she has held several important positions such as Commanding Officer of the ship KD (Kapal di-Raja) Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Staff Officer 1 of Women’s Affairs of the Malaysian Armed Forces, and Commanding Officer of the Western Naval Supply Depot.

On top of that, Rohana also acquired important assets that ensured Ops Benteng could be implemented efficiently.

Ability and credibility recognised by RMN

Since the establishment of the RMN 86 years ago, not a single woman has been promoted to the rank and this is an achievement for her.

Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, Commander Admiral of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Rohana was among four senior officers who were promoted during a ceremony launched by Commander Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany at KD Sri Gombak on Jalan Padang Tembak in Kuala Lumpur.

Commander Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany. (Credit: Malaysia Military Times)

On Rohana’s promotion, Mohd Reza said it proved that Rohana’s ability and credibility was recognised by the top management at RMN, as well as a sign of appreciation for her efforts in her years of service.

He revealed that Rohana had also held the position of Senior Director of Materials at the RMN headquarters, and Assistant Chief of Staff (AKS) J4 (Logistics) in the National Task Force.

He added that this indirectly placed her on par with the top line-up of the Admiral Committee (JLAKS) previously pioneered by men.


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