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 continued his working visit to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) yesterday.
His Majesty visted the Royal Brunei Air force (RBAirF) Base in Rimba and Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) Base in Muara.
The working visit was a continuation from His Majesty’s visit to Bolkiah Garrison and Berakas Garrison last Thursday, where the monarch delivered a titah that touched on issues of the armed forces’ capabilities including in its personnel, assets and logistics supply, as well as discipline and welfare among personnel.
Upon arrival at the Rimba Air Base, His Majesty was greeted by Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof; Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah and Commander of the RBAF Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud.
At the two hangars where military assets such as the CN235 aircraft and Blackhawk S70i helicopters were stored and maintained, RBAirF officers explained more on the roles of their crew in maintaining the aircraft and relayed more information on each asset’s status and capabilities.
His Majesty in his titah last Thursday had expressed concern on the failure for all three services of the RBAF to reach the 75 per cent asset capability optimum levels and noted that reports suggest unsatisfactory conditions of some assets caused by factors such as a lack of spare parts; delays in asset maintenance; shortage of specialist engineers; lack of research and oversight in the planning, procurement and receipt stages of the asset.
From the two hangars, His Majesty proceeded to the Supply Wing building, which is the domestic and technical store and the Ground Support Equipment building that pro-vides maintenance and repair to the Ground Support equipment used to carry out aircraft maintenance activities.
His Majesty also tested a helicopter flight simulator used to train pilots.
His Majesty later visited the single soldiers’ accommodation at the Rimba Air Base to look closer at the welfare of the personnel.
His Majesty concluded the visit to the RBAirF at the cookhouse of the base at Punai Hall where His Majesty signed on a parchment to mark the visit.
From the Rimba Air Base, His Majesty proceeded to the RBN Base in Muara where the ruler first spent time to meet pupils and teachers of the Royal Brunei Navy Primary School.
The school has 431 students and has a teaching force of 42.
The monarch also visited the military accommodations at the Muara Naval Base – the married quarters of the RBAF senior and junior ranks as well as the single soldiers’ accommodation.
His Majesty also took a closer look at operations of the Multi-National Coordination Centre (MNCC) where a briefing was conducted to explain the roles of the centre.
His Majesty later visited the Naval Training Centre where naval officers and personnel are being trained for internationally accredited naval courses. His Majesty also visited an abandoned flat that has been evacuated for structural safety reasons.
His Majesty also visited the Bravo Jetty Shipshed to inspect the progress of its Shiplift renovation.
His Majesty watched a demonstration on the Brunei Naval Vessel KDB Berkat’s downslip during a visit to the Syncrolift Alpha.
Before concluding the visit to the naval base, His Majesty also visited the base’s quartermaster, temporary cookhouse, logistics store, and the RBN Officers’ Mess for a Santap with officers.
His Majesty later signed a parchment to mark the visit.