His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday made a working visit to the Australian Collins Class Submarine HMAS Dechaineux, which is the first submarine to dock in Brunei Darussalam from 7th to 9th March 2020.
Upon arrival at Muara Commercial Wharf, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was welcomed by Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof; High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum; Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud; Permanent Secretary of Defence Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah; Service Commanders and Joint Force Commander as well as Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.
The tour began with a safety briefing delivered by Commander Brad Francis. His Royal Highness then boarded the submarine and visited the Senior Sailors Mess; Control Room; Weapon Storage Compartment; Junior Sailors Mess; Motor Generator Room; and Machinery Control Room.
At the end of the tour, His Royal Highness consented for a group photograph session and was presented with a plaque and ‘Pesambah’ by the Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux. His Royal Highness also consented to present plaques to both officials.
The HMAS Dechaineux submarine, which is based at Fleet Base West in Western Australia is the fourth Collins Class submarines that was commissioned for service in the Royal Australian Navy on 23 February 2001. The submarine is capable of accommodating 38 sailors and 10 officers and is one of the first submarines which was designed with computers. The submarine also boasts a range of features including a high-performance hull form, highly automated controls, high shock resistance and an efficient weapons handling and discharge system.