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 Graduation Ceremony of the All Arms Commando Course (AACC) and presentation of the ‘Green Beret’ for His Royal Highness 920 Major (U) Prince ‘Abdul Mateen at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, Devon, United Kingdom (UK).
Accompanying His Majesty at the ceremony was Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah.
The arrival of His Majesty at the CTCRM Officers’ Mess was received with a Royal Salute, presented by the Guard of Honour King’s Squad and Buglar Royal Marines Band.
His Majesty was greeted by His Royal Highness, and welcomed by Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon Lady Arran; Commandant CTCRM Colonel Simon Chapman OBE; Commandant General of the Royal Marines Brigadier Graeme Jock Fraser; and Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) W01 Billy Meldrum.
His Majesty then proceeded to the Achnacarry Room, Officer’s Mess, CTCRM, where Colonel Chapman, among other things, briefed on the background of the CTCRM and the AACC, joined by His Royal Highness. His Majesty was then invited to the Eastney Room for a luncheon.
Vice Lord Lieutenant of Devon Lady Arran, Commandant CTCRM Colonel Simon Chapman OBE, Commandant General of the Royal Marines Brigadier Graeme Jock Fraser and Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) W01 Billy Meldrum
His Majesty then proceeded to the Modern Urban Combat (MUC) building to witness the commando specialist military exercise which included Close Quarter Battle (CQB), Method of Entry (MOE) and urban climbing.
After the military exercise, His Majesty proceeded to the Falklands Hall to attend the Graduation Ceremony of AACC and presentation of the ‘Green Beret’, in which His Majesty was invited as the guest of honour to present the ‘Green Beret’ to 46 participants who had successfully completed the course including His Royal Highness.
At the end of the ceremony, His Majesty joined the AACC participants, instructors and members of the CTCRM for a group photograph session.
His Royal Highness had undergone the Royal Marine’s AACC at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), Lympstone, Devon for 13 weeks from September 20 to December 2.
CTCRM, which is the principal training centre for the Royal Marines, is a unique training centre that selects and trains all Royal Marines officers, recruits and reserves as well as provides command training for all non commissioned officer (NCO) and Royal Marines specialists.