| Khal Baharulalam |
THE French Marine Nationale held a recep-tion aboard the French frigate Vendémiaire (F734) last night at the Muara Commercial Port as part of a four-day courtesy visit to the Sultanate.
Present were the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Commander, Pehin Datu Pe-kerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Deputy Commander Colonel (L) Pg Norazmi bin Pg Hj Muham-mad, as well as other RBN officers and Am-bassadors-at-Large to Brunei Darussalam.
The French Maritime Nationale will also be undergoing an exercise with the RBN this coming Thursday, as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral military relations be-tween the two countries. This was high-lighted by the Commanding Officer of Ven-démiaire, Hervé Siret, in his welcoming remarks last night.
Being the only European nation with permanent deployments in the Pacific, the French will be cooperating with the RBN over the next few days for maritime sur-veillance “to exchange our best practices” and to assess economic zones of the seas to further enhance the roles of the navy.