| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) will participate in an exercise, code-named ‘Seagull’, hosted by the Philippine Navy in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Island, the Republic of the Philippines. The exercise is scheduled to be carried out from November 10 to 15.
As part of this, the RBN vessels that will partake in the biennial exercise – Patrol Vessel KDB DARUTTAQWA and Fast Patrol Boat KDB SYAFAAT – were deployed yesterday during a send off ceremony at the RBN Muara Naval Base.
The vessels are commanded by Lieutenant Colonel (L) Khairil bin Haji Abdul Rahman (Patrol Vessel KDB DARUTTAQWA) and Major (L) Pengiran Mohd Fahmy bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Sallehuddin (Fast Patrol Boat KDB SYAFAAT) and have a total complement of 95 personnel including officers, crew, a section of the Naval Surface Action Group (NSAG) and attachments.
Also joining the deployment are 10 Sub-Lieutenant Course participants and three instructors.
This is a significant achievement as this will be the first time RBN vessels have invited course participants to join them onboard for deployment.
The Sub-Lieutenant Course participants will undergo training in Coastal and Astro Navigation.
Among those attended at the send off ceremony were First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Commander of RBN; Colonel (L) Pengiran Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, Deputy Commander of RBN; Lieutenant Colonel (L) Yusuf bin Masron, Fleet Commander; RBN senior officers, officers and family members of the deployed personnel.
To bless the journey, a Doa Selamat was read by LCpl Md Norhadi bin Harun from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ (RBAF) Religious Department before the vessels departed the RBN Naval Base.
The exercise will provide an opportunity for both navies to strengthen their relationship and enhance mutual cooperation to address common security concerns.
Furthermore, this exercise will also set a historical milestone for KDB DARUTTAQWA as this will be its first deployment in a bilateral exercise since its commissioning on September 8.