| Hakim Hayat |
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday officially closed the 11th Brunei International Skill At Arms Meet (BISAM) at the Binturan Shooting Range Complex in Penanjong Garrison.
Accompanying the monarch, who is also the Minister of Defence and Supreme Com-mander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), to the final day event of the country’s premier shooting competition was His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and General of the RBAF.
Following a group photo session, His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince were introduced to Chiefs of Defence Forces, Chiefs of Defence Staffs, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, representatives of parti-cipating countries as well as members of the 11th BISAM 2015 Executive Committee.
The 11th BISAM took place with a series of shooting matches over 11 days. Strong teams of 478 of the finest marksmen and shooters, comprising personnel from the Military and Defence Forces of Australia, Cambodia, In-donesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Singapore and the United Kingdom, took part in the triennial competition which this year boasts its largest participation to date, with the inaugural participation of contingents from the United States of Ame-rica, China, Thailand and the Philippines.
Brunei was represented by three contin-gents – RBAF Contingents ‘A’ and ‘B’ as well as the Royal Brunei Police Force’s (RBPF) Contingent ‘C’.
His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince later heard welcoming remarks from the Commander of RBAF and a briefing by the Chairman of the 11th BISAM, Lieutenant Colonel Hasmee bin Hj Abdul Wahab, before visiting the Chief Executive Officer’s Office, Medical Centre and the Statistic Centre.
Boarding a special motorcade, His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince later proceeded to the 350-metre Point Gallery Range 1 and witnessed the final round of the Rifle Falling Plate Competition.
The monarch and HRH the Crown Prince also took part in a special shooting event for the VVIP Novelty Shooting Competition at the 350m range.
His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince also took a closer look at an array of state-of-the-art weaponries on display featured by the Omani, Malaysian, Indonesian and Chinese military personnel as well as the RBPF.
Oman featured their Pistol Sig Sauer P226S, Malaysia featured a Pistol Tangofolio Limited Custom 2010, Indonesia featured a Rifle Pindad SS2 V4, while China featured the Rifle QBZ 95-1, Pistol QSZ-92 and GPMG PLA67-2. The RBPF, meanwhile, featured a Pistol Sphinx 3000.
From the shooting range, His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince then proceeded to the Royal Stand for a Royal Salute and presented prizes to winners of a series of matches in diffe-rent categories as well as the 11th BISAM’s overall champion.
To mark the official closing of the competition, the national flags of all 16 participating countries were lowered, followed by a display of fireworks throughout the shooting field and a fly-past of two Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) helicopters.
A replica of a 5.56-mm ammunition round was also returned to its case to symbolise the official closing of the event.
A Doa Selamat was then read to conclude the ceremony, followed by a Royal Salute, after which His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince procee-ded to the Range Officers’ Mess for a santap (luncheon), where the monarch also received a pesambah and signed a Royal Parchment to mark the royal visit.
The 11th BISAM aimed to enhance professiona-lism as well as strengthen relations. Its theme, ‘A Strong Unity – the Catalyst of Excellence’, reflects the importance of friendship, cooperation and mutual respect among the countries involved in an effort to tackle the current challenges of the globalisation era.