National Hydrographic Centre Echo Sounding Sea bed Santubong Seamount

National Hydrographic Centre

Echo Sounding

Sea bed

Santubong Seamount

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Rear Admiral Dato Hanafiah bin Hassan was born in Kluang, Johor on 15th Feb 1967. He joined the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) on 16th Jan 1986 and was commissioned on 16th Jan 1988 as a Naval Officer in the Executive Branch with the rank of Acting Sub Lieutenant. He was inducted into the Naval Hydrographic Service on 16th Nov 1992 after completing the Basic Hydrographic Course at Japan Hydrographic Department, Tokyo. With his excellence service, he continue to rise in the hierarchy of RMN leadership. On 31st May 2018, he was appointed as the Director General of National Hydrographic Centre (NHC) with the rank of Rear Admiral.

Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah has held various appointment both at sea and ashore. His notable appointments are as Navigation Officer and Executive Officer of KD KELEWANG (Patrol Craft), Welfare Officer at Naval Region 1 Headquarters (HQ), Navigation Officer of KD MUTIARA (Survey ship), Staff Officer 3 Hydrography at RMN HQ, Hydrography and Oceanography Officer of KD PERANTAU (Survey ship), Commanding Officer of KD MUTIARA, Senior Director at the NHC and several other key positions. Through a exchange programme with Royal New Zealand Navy, Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah gained considerable hydrographic surveying experience on board HMNZS MONOWAI from 1995 to 1997.

Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah has attended several courses locally and abroad. He graduated with distinction in The Long Hydrographic Course from National Institute in Hydrography, India in 1997. He attended the Malaysian Command and Staff Course at The Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College in 2003 and obtained Diploma in Strategic and Defence Studies. He graduated from the Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Defence Studies. In September 2016, Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah graduated from The National Defence University, Beijing China. On 25th Jan 2009, Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah was awarded the “Hydrographic H Charge” award by Chief of Navy for the highest Grade of Hydrographic Expertise.

As a Director General of NHC, Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah often represents Malaysia for meetings or seminars organized by the International Hydrographic Organisation and the East Asia Hydrographic Commission. He is also been appointed as the member of several Committees such as Technical Committee Working Group Joint Hydrographic Survey Malaysia and Singapore, Technical Committee Delimitation Malaysia and Indonesia, Working Committee for Marine Electronic Highway, The Hydrographic Surveyors Competency Evaluation Committee, Executive Committee of the Port Hydrographic Information Management and several other local an International Committees.

Rear Admiral Dato' Hanafiah was appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Task Team of Malaysia in search of Malaysia Airlines MH370 at the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, Canberra, Australia from 25th May 2014 to 1st November 2014. He was responsible in advising and determine the needs of the assets which were deployed for the search mission. In addition to that, he was an intermediary between Malaysia and Australia Technical High Level Task Force.



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