The Marine Police of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Sembilang exercise 16/22 aimed to increase a dynamic operation between both the security agencies as well as to foster closer cooperation through standard operating procedures (SOPs).
This year’s exercise which began on Monday, organised by Marine Police, focusses on maritime safety, especially in dealing with illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU), according to the RBPF. Three units are involved in the exercise – KDB Syahaat, Naval Surface Action Group (GTPL) Royal Brunei Navy and the Special Operations Unit (UOK) of Marine Police.
The Sembilang Exercise comprises three phases – the base phase, sea phase and the closing phase. The base phase is conducted for two days where various exercises such as plottex training, symposium sessions, operational discussions, as well as compliant boarding and search workshops are coordinated by GPTL.
The Attorney General’s Chambers, Fisheries Department and the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam presented talks at the symposium session.
RBPF Acting Director of Operation Senior Superintendent Matusin bin Haji Jumat officiated the opening ceremony of the exercise at the Tenang Room at the Marine Police headquarters.
Fleet Commander of the RBN Khairil bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Acting Commanding Officer of Marine Police DSP Kasnol bin Haji Mohammad Kincho, Commanding Officer of KDB Syafaat Lieutenant Commander Nazurah binti Haji Mahaleh and officials from RBPF and the Royal Brunei Navy attended the ceremony.