| Azaraimy HH |
MAJOR General Hoo Cher Mou, Chief of Air Force of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), who is on a two-day visit to Brunei Darussalam, visited a field exercise in Bukit Agok yesterday.
Also present during the visit was Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Wardi bin Haji Abdul Latip, the Commander of Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF).
The Singapore Chief of Air Force is in the country in conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebration of the bilateral exercise between Royal Brunei Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force, the EX AIRGUARD.
The main objective of the three-day, two-night field exercise is to enhance interoperability between the two air forces in terms of standard operating procedures (SOP), voice procedures and command/control (C2).
Simulated air attacks by the Royal Brunei Air Force air assets and ground attack by Base Defence Squadron RBAirF troops were included to inject realism to the exercise.
The field exercise saw six Mistral Fire Units deployed at the rugged terrain of Bukit Agok and at some of the locations, troops were required to climb steep hills with heavy equipment on their backs.
Talking about the 20th year milestone of bilateral exercise relations, Col Harrith Rashidi bin Abdullah Jamin of the Royal Brunei Air Force said RBAirF has strong, cordial relations with the RSAF.
He said the two air forces have been working together very closely for a long time and this year is a significant milestone, as it is the 20th year of the bilateral exercises.
This milestone signifies a lot on the friendly relations between the two air forces and that it is very important to maintain such strong friendly relations between the air forces of both countries.
Furthermore, Col Harrith also said that one of the good things about holding such exercises is that from time to time, it provides avenues for the current generation of RBAirF personnel to introduce themselves to their RSAF counterparts and continue the tradition of good friendly relations.
According to Col Joseph Tan, RSAF Exercise Director, defence relations between RBairF and RSAF are very close and long standing.
Besides joint exercises, there have also been other opportunities such as professional forums and professional training.
In terms of key elements of the bilateral exercise, Col Joseph Tan said apart from building closer relations between the two air forces, a professional bilateral exercise can also help to bring about close relations and friendship.
Col Joseph Tan hoped that the momentum will remain strong and more AIRGUARD exercises will follow. Moving forward from this longstanding bilateral relations, Col Joseph Tan said RSAF hoped to explore more ways to open up more exercises like this in order to build stronger professional links and interoperable capabilities.
Meanwhile, a series of programmes has been included in the Singapore Chief of Air Force’s two-day visit where yesterday’s visit to the field exercise in Bukit Agok was one of them.
This is the second visit by Major General Hoo Cher Mou to Brunei.
His first was last year on May 2, as an introductory visit to the Royal Brunei Air Force.
During the visit, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam had consented to award Major General Hoo Cher Mou the Honorary Pilot Wing, which was presented by then Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin at the Royal Brunei Air Force Headquarters.
Major General Hoo Cher Mou will officiate the closing ceremony of EX AIRGUARD today, at the Air Movement Centre, Royal Brunei Air Force Base.