HMS Argyll on Brunei shores, hosts dinner reception for guests

|     Aziz Idris     |

THE Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll is currently in the country to facilitate discussions between senior United Kingdom (UK) and Bruneian naval officers about future cooperation, including training exercises and maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region.

A welcoming dinner reception was hosted onboard HMS Argyll at Muara Port last night to officially announce the ship’s arrival.

HMS Argyll Commanding Officer Commander Toby Shaughnessy of the Royal Navy, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay and the ship’s company welcomed some 100 guests to the reception.

The guests included Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, as well as high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) along with members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Guests got the chance to view the latest model of the Wildcat military helicopter parked on deck.

HMS Argyll is on a nine-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific as part of the UK’s commitment to support international efforts in promoting stability, security and prosperity in the region.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the ship today from 1pm to 4pm at Muara Port.

Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay, HMS Argyll Commanding Officer Commander Toby Shaughnessy of the Royal Navy and special guests in front of the latest Wildcat military helicopter resting on deck. – AZIZ IDRIS