Rear Admiral (R) Dato' Mohd Som Bin Ibrahim ("RADM Dato' Mohd Som") (Retired) began his career in the Royal Malaysia Navy ("RMN") as a Cadet Officer in September 1973. He received his Naval Training in the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, United Kingdom ("UK") in 1974 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in January 1977. He became a specialist in Navigation after passing the course in 1980 in the UK.
With more than 37 years of service, Rear Admiral (R) Dato' Mohd Som served on board many ships and shore jobs. He commanded 5 RMN warships from 1981-2004, including the 4400 tons Multirole Support ship KD MAHAWANGSA.
Besides the sea service, he also held several shore appointments in the Malaysian Armed Forces. Among the notable ones are as Assistant Defense Advisor Embassy of Malaysia in Jakarta (1990-1993), Director of Operations (1998-2002) and as Deputy Head of Mission to the Malaysia Lead International Monitoring Team in Mindanao (2006). Rear Admiral (R) Dato' Mohd Som held the post of Assistant Chief of Staff Communications and Electronics of the Armed Forces in 2007. Before his retirement in February 2011, he was appointed as The Naval Region Commander Area 1, based in Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan. In this capacity, he was involved in many inter agency cooperation maritime security and communications market of South East Asia countries.
Rear Admiral (R) Dato' Mohd Som has attended many courses both local and abroad. He attended the Navigation Course in UK (1980), Naval Staff College, Jakarta (1988) and Defense College Course Kuala Lumpur (1997). He obtained his Advance Diploma in Business Engineering Management from University Technology Malaysia (UTM) in 1999.