REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE, Tuesday 14 May 2019 – The Commander of Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), First Admiral Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili@Suhaily is in the Republic of Singapore attending The 12th International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) Asia from 14 – 16th May 2019.
Present as guest of honour, Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen opened the 12th IMDEX Asia at the Changi Exhibition Centre who stressed during his opening remarks that the importance of consensus for common rules for safe and secure seas and the peace and prosperity of all nations. This was in-line with the main theme of the Exhibition.
In attendance at the opening ceremony were 26 defence and navy chiefs, vice navy chiefs, and directors-general of coast guards, as well as participants from more than 40 nations. More than 230 exhibitors from around the world are participating in this year's exhibition, while 25 warships from 15 countries, including KDB DARUTTAQWA are taking part in this year's IMDEX Asia Warships Display. The Commander of RBN also had the opportunity to have bilateral meetings with the Chiefs of Navy from New Zealand, Australia and representative from France and the United Kingdom.
Later that afternoon, Singapore Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki bin Osman officiated at the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Information Fusion Centre (IFC) 10th anniversary and was attended by navy chiefs, vice navy chiefs, coast guard directors-general and representatives from more than 40 nations. On the event, the launch of the new IFC Real-time Information-sharing System (IRIS), a web-based system that enhances information-sharing for tighter collaboration between maritime agencies.