| James Kon |
BASED on the Field Training Exercise concept, the annual Hornbill Exercise between the Royal Brunei Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy will comprise three phases – Port Phase, Sea Phase and Closing Phase.
The exercises aim to enhance mutual understanding and take the sense of camaraderie between both navies to another level.
Details of the exercises were yesterday revealed by Rear Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Mohammad Rosland bin Omar, Commander of the Naval Region 2, in his welcoming remarks during the opening of the Hornbill Exercise 2014 at the Multinational Coordination Centre (MNCC).
“From November 17 to 18, the exercise will be in the Port Phase – held at the Royal Brunei Navy. From November 19 to 21, the exercise will be in the Sea Phase within the waterways of Brunei and Sabah, Malaysia, while the Closing Phase from November 22 to 23, will be held at the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Base in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.”
Rear Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Mohammad Rosland also touched on the military assets involved in the exercise this year.
The ships involved are the KD Selangor, a new generation patrol boat, and KD Ganas, a rapid patrol boat from the Royal Malaysian Navy, and the Royal Brunei Navy’s KDB Darulehsan and KDB Ijtihad. The supporting assets are the Super LYNX plane and Learjet from Aerotree Flight Services Company.
He also noted that all planned evolution can be implemented according to the established procedure. As many as 22 series training for the Sea Phase will be implemented, namely – Sea Knowledge Evolution – six series training; Navigation and AIO – six series training; War and Shooting – seven series training; and Communication – three series training.
To further build on established friendship, he announced that both delegations have agreed to introduce Brumal Sport in the exercise this year.
As a start, the sport of hockey, ‘sepak takraw’ and futsal will be contested and the overall champion will lift the Brumal Trophy.
The Royal Brunei Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy’s 24th series of Hornbill Exercise 2014 is a compact three-day sea phase exercise that will be conducted in Brunei and Malaysian waters. The diverse sea and air range exercises will also be supported by the Royal Brunei Air Force during the conduct of Helo Transfer Exercise. The exercise runs from November 17 to 23.
Also present to witness the launch were Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy, First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit; the Commander Task Group (CTG) for this exercise, Lt Col (L) Willie bin Padan from the Royal Brunei Navy; and Deputy Commander Task Group (DCTG) Cdr Jamaluddin bin Hj Sairi from the Royal Malaysian Navy.