46 years of achievements

On January 2, 1975, the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment (RBMR) expanded with the establishment of the Second Battalion at a temporary base in Bolkiah Camp. The establishment of this battalion was headed by Pengiran Ratna Indera Lieutenant Colonel Pengiran Dato Setia Ibnu bin Pengiran Datu Penghulu Pengiran Haji Apong.

The initial formation of the Second Battalion comprised ‘B’ and ‘E’ Companies from First Battalion RBMR under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Dato A E Hibbert, First Commanding Officer of Second Battalion RBMR during the time. The battalion officially moved to Tutong Camp on May 10, 1976 where Pehin Datu Harimaupadang Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Husin bin Ahmad became the first local commanding officer.

Today, Second Battalion RBMR is known as Second Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force (2Bn RBLF) and it has achieved remarkable progress in terms of personnel strength, competency, capability and military milestones in various fields. The battalion also has areas of responsibility, including Tutong District, and is directly involved in matters related to security and welfare in the district.

Since its inception, Second Battalion RBLF has been under the command of high-calibre senior officers who have attained key leadership positions in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and Ministry of Defence (MinDef).

Amongst those who have helped shaped the battalion include Pehin Datu Harimaupadang Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Husin, Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Pahlawan Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Mohammad Jaafar bin Haji Abdul Aziz, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato Seri Pahlawan Khairul Hamed bin Haji Lampoh and Brigadier General Haji Muhammad Haszaimi bin Bol Hassan.

Second Battalion Royal Brunei Land Force headquarters in 1976. PHOTO: MINDEF
ABOVE & BELOW: The Second Battalion colours; and the first hoisting of the Second Battalion flag at Tutong Camp on May 9, 1976. PHOTOS: MINDEF

They have set high standards and inspired a new generation of RBLF personnel including those in the Second Battalion through their continued commitment and sincere sacrifice.

The battalion is active in undergoing training and exercises at home and abroad conducted by the RBAF such as Exercise Hikmat Bersatu, Exercise Perisai Kebangsaan, Exercise Setia Bersama and Exercise Semangat Waja.

Meanwhile bilateral exercises have raised the reputation of RBLF in the world arena such as Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) with the United States Marine Corps, Exercise Pahlawan Warrior with the United States Army Pacific, Exercise Mallee Bull with the Australian Army, Exercise Latma Keris Sakti with the Indonesian Army, Exercise Maju Bersama with the Republic of Singapore Army, Exercise Mertak Bersatu and Exercise Malbru/Brumal with the Malaysian Army.

These exercises are important in strengthening military diplomacy relationships and increased personnel knowledge and experience through the practical sharing of tactics, technique and procedures as well as encouraging innovation in countering current threats and contemporary challenges.

As one of the three infantry battalions in Brunei Darussalam, Second Battalion RBLF will continue to ensure national security and sovereignty, provide aid and assistance to the community and maintain close cooperation with all stakeholders in line with the country’s whole-of- nation approach.