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Royal Malaysian Navy elects its first female captain

Captain Rohana Jupri makes Malaysian history again as the first woman to hold a distinguished role in the navy

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 20 Oct 2017

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Rohana Jupri is the first female captain to be appointed in the Royal Malaysian Navy's 83-year history! She's been a part of the navy for 33 years and previously made history as the first female commanding officer at the Western Naval Supply Depot in Lumut, Perak, where her duties involved overseeing food rations, fuel and naval needs.

"This is a proud moment for me and indeed a grand recognition from my superiors," the 54-year-old mother of four told The Star. "I am thankful for this."

"It is a challenging job because you deal with human and ship needs," Rohana added. "Any miscalculation in rationing could affect a mission."

The mother of four credited her success in her previous role to her household management skills; she travels frequently to and from the naval base to see her family on the weekends.

"The journey can be quite tiring but duty calls and I look forward to being with my family again every weekend," she said. Rohana might've already made history but now she's aiming to be the navy's First Admiral and you can bet that nothing is going to stop her.

"I think both men and women can achieve anything if we put our minds to it. After all, we received the same training and ate the same rations. We just need to prove ourselves," she said.

You said it! Congratulations, Captain.

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