The Commander of United States (US) Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Philip Davidson visited Brunei Darussalam from September 9-10 at the invitation of the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, according to a press release from the Embassy of the United States of America in Brunei Darussalam.
During his stay, Admiral Davidson had an audience with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. He also met Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof and Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof.
Admiral Davidson praised the RBAF in working with the US to meet the security challenges facing the region.
He expressed his appreciation for Brunei’s participation in multilateral exercises such as the ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX), Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), and planned participation in the 2020 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise.
Through regularly collaborating in the exercises, Brunei and the US are strengthening their defence relationship to ensure a free and open future for the Indo-Pacific region.
The 25th bilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in Brunei will begin on October 6 with the participation of the RBAF Joint Force, Royal Brunei Land Force, and Royal Brunei Navy, the US Marine Corps, and the US Navy.