| James Kon |
IN preparation for the Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting – Plus (ADMM-Plus) Field Training Exercise on Maritime Security (FTX MS) dubbed Exercise Mahi Tangaroa ’16 which is scheduled to take place from November 11-16, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, a two-day Initial Planning Conference (IPC) began yesterday.
Hosted by the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), the event is taking place at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Defence Academy, Tanah Jambu. The Auckland exercise will include an International Fleet Review so as to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN).
The IPC is co-chaired by Lieutenant Colonel (L) Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili @ Suhaily, Deputy Commander of the RBN and Mike Thompson, Director Asia, Ministry of Defence, New Zealand, and attended by a total of 40 representatives from ADMM-Plus member countries and the Asean Secretariat.
The conference aims to brief the participants on the general overview of the exercise as well as the sequence of events upon the arrival of the ADMM-Plus Naval Assets in Auckland. The ADMM-Plus also discussed the exercise’s organisational structure and other matters related to logistics and administration.
The exercise will incorporate the ADMM-Plus FTX Standard Operating Procedures and the document of Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).
Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand are co-chairing the ADMM-Plus Experts’ Working Group on Maritime Security (EWG on MS) for the current cycle – 2014-2017. The work plan to orchestrate Exercise Mahi Tangaroa ’16 was adopted at the 6th ADMM-Plus EWG Meeting in Sydney, Australia in October 2013.
Exercise Mahi Tangaroa ’16 is aimed at promoting cooperation and interoperability among the ADMM-Plus member countries in addressing global non-traditional security threats.