30 RBAF personnel join UNIFIL

James Kon

A contingent of 30 Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel left the country yesterday to be part of the peacekeeping mission of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

A flag handing over ceremony was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Bolkiah Garrison. The RBAF personnel will join Malaysian Battalion 850-8 (MALBATT 850-8) in the peacekeeping mission.

Commander of the RBAF Major General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat presided over the ceremony and handed over the national flag to Head of Brunei Darussalam’s Contingent Major Zulazri bin Gapor.

RBAF has been serving in UNIFIL since 2008. Since then, RBAF sent 34 officers and 278 RBAF personnel to support United Nations’ (UN) initiatives in maintaining peace and stability in Lebanon in support of the UN Resolution 1701 (2006).

Commander of the RBAF Major General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sahat hands over the national flag to Head of Brunei Darussalam’s Contingent Major Zulazri bin Gapor. PHOTO: JAMES KON