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 yesterday attended the closing ceremony of the Basic Parachute Course 1317 and the presentation ceremony of the parachutist badge ‘British Military Parachute Wings’ for His Royal Highness 920 Major (U) Prince ‘Abdul Mateen, who had undergone the Basic Parachute Course 1317, at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK).
On arrival at the RAF Brize Norton Officers’ Mess, His Majesty was welcomed by Air Vice Marshal Suraya Marshall, Air Officer Commanding 2 Group and Group Captain Gareth Burdett, Commander Air Wing, where His Majesty was introduced to executive officers of the RAF Brize Norton.
At the RAF Brize Norton, His Majesty, among other things, witnessed a parachute display performance by the RAF Falcons team and was briefed by Course Senior Non-Commissioned Officer/Lead Instructor Sergeant Lane Miller on the UK’s parachute capability as well as presentations of the equipment capability including low altitude parachute, high altitude parachute, synthetic training and basic parachute course video.
His Majesty then presented the ‘British Military Parachute Wings’ badge to His Royal Highness 920 Major (U) Prince ‘Abdul Mateen, who had successfully completed the Basic Parachute Course 1317.
During the course, His Royal Highness, among other things, learnt military parachuting techniques from instructors of the RAF, leading to His Royal Highness’ successful parachute jumps at a height of 1,000 feet.
In addition, participants had also undergone trainings at the Parachute Training Squadron Hangar and the course is based on a written and practical assessment before any live parachuting takes place.
The Airborne Delivery Wing – which is based at RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire – is a RAF training unit that provides parachute training to the British Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, the Parachute Training Squadron established in 1940, is the biggest squadron in the Airborne Delivery Wing, that trains troops on their first parachuting activity as well as conducts continuation training to Specialist Training Units.
DEPARTURE FROM LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
His Majesty left London, United Kingdom yesterday.
While in London, His Majesty accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen attended His Majesty King Charles III’s reception and the state funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Prior to departure, a Doa Selamat was recited by State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.
Present at Heathrow International Airport to bid farewell to His Majesty were Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof and High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to the UK and Eire First Admiral (Rtd) Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad.