Marching band parade electrifies Gadong crowd

Hakim Hayat

People at The Mall in Gadong were treated to a spectacular marching band performance by Indonesian Navy Academy Cadets in Brunei on a goodwill visit.

During the parade by 75 Indonesian Navy Academy Cadets from the Indonesian Navy Vessel KRI Bima Suci, the band performed a string of Indonesian songs and choreographed routines on the streets to the delight of hundreds of spectators.

The marching band started at Simpang 37 of the Gadong Market and stopped in front of The Rizqun International Hotel.

There, they took a moment of silence to honour the passing of former President of Indonesia, BJ Habibie before continuing the performance.

Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili @ Suhaily and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam Arko Hananto Budiadi attended the performance.

ABOVE & BELOW: Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili @ Suhaily with senior naval officers from Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia in a group photo with the band following an honorary salute. PHOTOS: HAKIM HAYAT

Photos above show the Indonesian Navy Academy Cadets from the Indonesian Navy Vessel KRI Bima Suci putting on an amazing show

KRI Bima Suci’s goodwill visit to the Sultanate is part of a nine-country mission to spread the message of brotherhood and peace. The KRI Bima Suci carries a crew of 103 Naval Academy Cadets from the 2019 Kartika Jala Krida task force and 89 officers. The ship is harboured at the Muara Naval Base.

During their visit, the Navy Academy Cadets will also carry out sports interaction activities with the Royal Brunei Navy, such as beach cleaning as well as volleyball and soccer games.

The KRI Bima Suci, a sailing barque, or a ship with at least three masts, is the largest training sail ship of the Indonesian Navy that can carry a crew of 230. It replaced KRI Dewaruci, which has been operating for 64 years since 1953.

According to the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, the visit is expected to boost ties between Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia.