RBAirF hosts ASEAN air forces training exercise

Hakim Hayat

With the aim of strengthening the scope of cooperation between ASEAN air forces, the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) is hosting the 6th ASEAN Air Forces’ Education and Training (AAFET).

The annual exercise in Brunei that will conclude on August 24 sees 31 delegates from all ASEAN member countries’ air forces taking part, under the theme ‘Elevating ASEAN Solidarity through Practical Cooperation’ and will take on the scenario of Brunei’s need for humanitarian assistance from neighbouring ASEAN air forces’ during natural disaster.

This exercise aims to continue and conclude the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) practicum executed during the 5th AAFET held last year in Singapore.

The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) said that the exercise will promote more synergy through practical cooperation. “The exercise encourages fruitful exchange of ideas through best practices and experiences between all ASEAN air forces. The training objective is targeted to enhance interoperability and coordination amongst participating countries in a HADR scenario.”

A pioneer initiative during the exercise will be the inclusion of the ASEAN Air Forces’ Sergeant Major Interaction Programme to add further value to the relationships between non-commissioned officers of the ASEAN Air Forces.

The 6th AAFET was opened at the Defence Academy in Kampong Tanah Jambu by guest of honour and Chairman of the 6th AAFET, RBAirF Head of Inspectorate Unit Lieutenant Colonel (U) Hismawadi bin Haji Mohd Said.

Guest of honour and Chairman of the 6th AAFET, RBAirF Head of Inspectorate Unit Lieutenant Colonel (U) Hismawadi bin Haji Mohd Said in a group photo with representatives from ASEAN air forces. PHOTO: MINDEF