Brunei, Australia defence cooperation deepens

During her inaugural visit to Brunei Darussalam, Australia’s Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds CSC announced that Australia will establish a resident Defence Advisor position in Brunei from the end of this year.

Brunei and Australia enjoy a strong and longstanding defence relationship, and share common interests in a secure, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

During her visit, Reynolds emphasised Australia’s commitment to continuing to work with Brunei in support of these shared interests, including during Brunei’s upcoming ASEAN Chair in 2021.

Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the Australian Defence Force and Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) have significantly increased bilateral cooperation.

This year saw the first ever port visit to Brunei by a Royal Australian Navy submarine, the conduct of a passage exercise between the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Brunei Navy en route to Exercise Rim of the Pacific in Hawaii and the expansion of the biennial maritime Exercise Penguin.

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Hauser, currently based in Brunei as Australia’s Assistant Defence Advisor, has been appointed to the role of the resident Defence Advisor.