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Captain Zil Husam bin Haji Abd Rahman currently posted as Fleet Commander, Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) since 28 May 2018. He enlisted into the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) on 07 August 1988 under Boys Company. He joined RBN as an Officer Cadet on 15 August 1989. He was promoted to Captain on 16 December 2013.

He was posted most recently as the Commandant Naval Training on 21 August 2017 and Defence Attaché of Brunei Darussalam to the United States of America working at the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Washington, DC on December 2013. Prior to this, he was Acting Fleet Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy throughout his tour as Deputy Fleet Commander.

During his service, he held numerous command such as Commanding Officer of Officer Cadet School, Defence Academy, RBAF in 2011, Commanding Officer KDB DARULEHSAN (Patrol Vessel) in 2010, KDB SETERIA in 2005 and KDB PENYERANG in 1998 (Coastal Patrol Craft) and also Officer Commanding for Support Squadron in 2006. His staff appointments have included Military Advisor to Deputy Minister of Defence in 2009, and Staff Officer Grade 2 Research at RBN Headquarters in 2007.

He graduated as a Midshipmen at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, United Kingdom in 1990. In 2008, he was awarded Principle Staff College (PSC) after completing his Command and Staff Course in 2008 at Singapore Command and Staff College, SAFTI, Singapore Armed Forces and he also graduated with a Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) at University Brunei Darussalam in 2017.

He has attended various naval and professional courses during his career including the Leadership and Management (2008) in Singapore, Advanced Military Tech (2007) in Singapore, Training Development (1999) in Singapore, International GMDSS and Long Navigation (1998) in United Kingdom, Essential Management Skills (1997), Landing Craft Officer (1995), Qualification Ocean Navigation (1995), International Sub-Lieutenants (1992) in United Kingdom and International Officer NBCD 17 (1992) in United Kingdom.

He was born on 07 February 1971, and blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters. He enjoys living a healthy life style.