| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE 20th Exercise Airguard (Ex Airguard) came to an end yesterday following a closing ceremony held at the Air Movement Centre of the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) base in Rimba. The event was marked with a parade consisting of personnel from the two contingents.
Ex Airguard is a bilateral exercise conducted annually between the RBAirF and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
Commander of the RBAirF, Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Wardi bin Haji Abdul Latip, in his speech highlighted the importance of establishing networks at a personal level and believed that through this interaction, the personnel of both air forces can build closer relations.
He added that this would contribute to growing bilateral relations for future joint activities. He thanked the RSAF for its continuous support in helping the RBAirF with capacity building. The RSAF is one of the main providers of courses for RBAirF personnel.
Meanwhile, in a closing speech the RSAF Chief, Major General Hoo Cher Mou, in his capacity as the guest of honour, highlighted the growing support between the militaries of both nations through major events such as the Singapore Airshow, BRIDEX and joint cooperation in the HADR/Military Medicine exercise conducted last year.
He added that Ex Airguard is a pioneer event that has contributed greatly to growing bilateral ties over the past 20 years. He pointed out the professionalism shown by personnel from both air forces during the two-week exercise was excellent.
The Ex Airguard flag was then handed over by a representative of an RBAirF air regiment to a representative from the 18 Divisional Air Defence Artillery Battalion of the RSAF in advance of next year’s exercise in Singapore.
The RSAF chief said he was honoured to officiate the closing ceremony, watch a parade and also witness the signing of the Ex Airguard montage, a 20th anniversary poster and be involved in the sealing of the exercise time capsule alongside his counterpart. The time capsule will be opened in 10 years time in conjunction with the 30th Exercise Airguard.
The items in the time capsule were contributed by the chiefs and senior officers of both air forces. This activity signifies the long-standing friendship between both militaries.
In his two-day visit to the Sultanate, Major General Hoo Cher Mou, accompanied by Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Wardi bin Haji Abdul Latip, also watched a field exercise yesterday that saw six Mistral Fire Units deployed at Agok Hill.
The objective of the three days and two nights field exercise was to enhance the interoperability between both air forces in terms of standard operating procedures, voice procedures as well as command and control. Simulated air attacks by RBAirF assets and ground attacks by Base Defence Squadron RBAirF troops were included to inject realism into the exercise.