The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) yesterday received a high-level delegation led by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of the Republic of Singapore Teo Chee Hean, who is currently in the country for the 7th Young Leaders’ Programme (YEP).
Commander of the RBN First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili @ Suhaily welcomed Teo Chee Hean and his delegation comprising of several Singaporean ministers.
They first visited the Multi-National Coordination Centre (MNCC) where a briefing on RBN’s roles, operations and structure was delivered by Chief of Staff Commander Sonny Iskandar bin Rasani.
The delegation went on a ship tour aboard KDB Darussalam where they had the opportunity to learn more on the ship’s functions and capabilities in maintaining the security of Brunei’s waters.
The delegation was welcomed on board by Fleet Commander of RBN Captain Norshahrinizam bin Haji Talib and a briefing was delivered by the Acting Fleet Chief of Staff Commander Haji Edy Jofren bin Pehin Datu Penglima Colonel (Rtd) Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil.
The visit concluded with a high-tea hosted by Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof at the RBN Officers’ Mess at the Naval Base in Muara.
During the high-tea, Commander of the RBN extolled Brunei and Singapore’s special relationship, especially in the area of defence. “Apart from the regular exchanges of visits, friendship and close rapport between senior defence and military leaders of both countries, the defence relationship has flourished through two important platforms – the annual Defence Policy Dialogue, an annual forum at the Permanent Secretary of Defence level; and the Senior Interaction Programme involving senior armed forces personnel led by the Chief of Defence Force Singapore Armed Forces and the Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF),” he said.
He also noted that other bilateral interaction programmes and activities have materialised over the years, which serve to enhance mutual understanding and friendship among defence officials and armed forces personnel of both countries at all levels. “These include the Bilateral Intelligence Exchange, Defence Scholars Development Programme, Sergeant Major Interaction Programme”. he added.