Dzirhan Mahadzir

About Dzirhan Mahadzir

Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Among the publications he has written for and currently writes for since 1998 includes Defence Review Asia, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Navy International, International Defence Review, Asian Defence Journal, Defence Helicopter, Asian Military Review and the Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter.


Recent Posts By the Author


USS Tripoli Arrives in Singapore as Chinese Warships Continue to Operate Near Japan

USS Tripoli Arrives in Singapore as Chinese Warships Continue to Operate Near Japan

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) board an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 262 (Reinforced) operating from amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli (LHA-7) on Aug. 12, 2022. US Navy Photo

Amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is now docked in Singapore for a port call, having arrived at Changi Naval Base on Wednesday following an underway in the South China Sea. Read More

SECAF Kendall Outlines Service's Pacific Priorities

SECAF Kendall Outlines Service’s Pacific Priorities

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall asks a question during a briefing with Kessel Run personnel at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Aug. 5., 2022. US Navy Photo

Enhancing the capabilities of the Air Force and Space Force is the top priority of Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, especially after China’s recent actions around Taiwan. Read More

Japan's New Defense Minister Looking to Improve Country's Defense Posture Amid Chinese Aggression

Japan’s New Defense Minister Looking to Improve Country’s Defense Posture Amid Chinese Aggression

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) and U.S. Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) sail in formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, July 28. US Navy Photo

As Japan’s new defense chief, Yasukazu Hamada plans to improve Japan’s defense posture and capabilities, he said Wednesday. Read More

RIMPAC 2022 Officials Reflect on Lessons Learned, What to Change for RIMPAC 2024

RIMPAC 2022 Officials Reflect on Lessons Learned, What to Change for RIMPAC 2024

Mexican Naval Infantry participates in an amphibious raid for a multinational littoral operations exercise as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022, Aug. 1. Infantería de Marina Photo

The Rim of the Pacific 2022 exercise enabled participants to build upon their adaptability, particularly during the unscripted portion, leaders overseeing the exercise told reporters Wednesday. Read More