ROYAL Brunei Land Forces (RBLF) celebrated its 53rd anniversary yesterday with a parade held at the field of the First Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force in Berakas Garrison.
The event began with a parade inspection and speech by Brigadier General Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Yussof bin Haji Abd Rahman, Commander of the RBLF.
In his speech, the Commander of the RBLF, extended their appreciation and pledge their unwavering allegiance to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
He also stressed that the achievements in the pursuit of its vision to become a “skilled and competent land force” and perform the duties and mission “to protect and maintain the integrity of the sovereignty of the homeland” were only going to be accomplished by a strong organisational structure and a united and committed members of the military.
Among the programmes that have been carried out is the inclusion of Health and Medical Services, Dental Services and Fire and Rescue Service Directorate Logistics at the Ministry of Defence into the RBLF, under the Combat Support Service, and also the release of 18 RBLF doctrine books.
The inclusion has written a new history for RBLF that signifies progress and positive structural development.
The inclusion came into effect on November 4 in conjunction with the 53rd anniversary of the RBLF.
In addition to the structural development, RBLF has for the first time produced as many as 18 doctrine books – 17 books in the field of operational guidelines and an Army Fitness Handbook.
The doctrine books serve as a guide in planning and implementing various types of combat training in the operational or tactical level.
The publishing of these books is a significant milestone in improving the quality and level of professionalism of the RBLF.
In ensuring the preparedness of RBLF, several different levels of training have been implemented successfully.
This year alone, the BRUMAL SETIA Exercise, which is a training conducted together with Singapore Armed Forces, and the Exercise LATMA with the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) were successfully organised.
The 6th Exercise SEMANGAT WAJA with the Singapore Armed Forces will take place in April 2015.
The exercise will not only showcase the readiness and ability of RBLF, but it will also reflect the commitment to improve the inter-operability and cooperation with other countries.
The Commander of RBLF in his speech further emphasised the various aspects of discipline in the military that have been not that encouraging of late.
According to him, this could spoil the credibility, integrity as well as smear the good name and image of RBLF as a whole.
Therefore, the commander called on all in the RBLF to be united and determined in ridding the negative social elements that spoil the reputation of the organisation.
What needs to be implemented is strengthening drive, discipline, straightening the system and following the correct procedure for the sake of fairness to all parties as well as protecting the credibility of RBLF holistically. He emphasised the importance of increasing one’s Iman and Takwa as well as increasing religious activities in respective units.
The Commander of RBLF also congratulated and thanked all personnel of RBLF, including those retired, for their good performance.
Various activities were organised as part of the celebration, namely Tahlil at the Royal Mausoleum for His Majesty’s late parents on October 29 and a Doa Kesyukuran at Berakas Surau on November 3.