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INTRODUCTORY VISITS BY ROYAL BRUNEI NAVY COMMANDER TO ROYAL MALAYSIAN NAVY

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. Thurday, 05 September 2019 - First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman bin Hj Suhaili @ Suhaily, the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and delegations were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a three-days introductory visit from 04 - 06 September 2019.

Upon arrival at the ministry of Defence, the Commander of RBN was received by the Malaysian Chief of Navy and inspected the Guard of Honor before proceeding for the Courtesy Calls. The Commander of RBN paid a Courtesy to the Malaysian Minister of Defence, YB Tuan Haji Mohammad bin Sabu, and the Malaysian Chief of Navy, Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany.

During the call, Minister of Defence shared his concern of the new non-traditional threats. He also emphasized the importance of cooperation between both navies in ensuring maritime security and stability in the South China Sea.

A call between RBN and RMN Commanders, both reaffirmed commitment to further strengthen naval cooperations and relations both in bilateral exercise and training. Both chiefs agreed to expand the scope of Exercise Hornbill (RBN and RMN bilateral exercise) to be enhanced further so as to include maritime interdiction against non-traditional threats.

Commander of RBN continued his visit to the RMN Naval Base in Lumut, Perak. The Commander of RBN was received by Commander of the RMN Western Fleet, Vice Admiral Dato' Aris Adi Tan bin Abdullah and inspected the quarter guard before proceeding to the courtesy call and followed by a brief. Both Commanders exchanged speeches at which emphasizing the importance of having strong relationships ties between both navies. The visit continues where the Commander of RBN had the opportunity to interact with RMN officers, and RBN officers who are currently attending courses before proceeding to visit KD Pelandok Training Centre, Pasukan Khas Laut (PASKAL) Training Centre, and KD Duyong, Diving School.

Later in the evening, Malaysian Chief of Navy host an official dinner. In his speech, he once again emphasized the importance of cooperation between both navies and the achievement to be elevated further. Commander of RBN in reply acknowledge the importance of maritime security that require cooperation from all security agencies in the region in order to maintain the stability. He also appreciates the continuous courses offered by the RMN training institution thus increased the professionalism of RBN personal and created special bond not just between officers but also other ranks.