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MUARA, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 - KDB DARULAMAN returned to Muara Naval Base this morning after successfully completing two multi-lateral exercises, the 18th Annual Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) and the inaugural ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX) 2019. Present to receive KDB DARULAMAN was Captain Norshahrinizam bin Haji Talib, RBN Fleet Commander.

Significantly, the inauguration of AUMX 2019 was to implement the ASEAN-US Strategic Partnership, focused on promoting stability and security in the maritime domain in accordance to international maritime law. The exercise was designed to enhance interoperability between participating nations pertinent to Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS), maritime awareness, division tactics (DIVTACS) and maritime asset tracking. Meanwhile the Annual 18th SEACAT highlighted the value of information sharing and multinational coordination in combating illegal smuggling and piracy. The exercises were a simulation of realistic scenarios in identifying, tracking and boarding vessels of interests involved in the exercise.

Both the 18th Annual SEACAT and inauguration of AUMX 2019 are exercises that focuses on enhancing coordination and collaborative skills in the execution of multi-lateral maritime interdiction operations and in ensuring maritime security from transnational crimes. The exercises highlight the importance of training on multilateral platforms given the borderless nature of the existing maritime security threats.

Both exercises granted RBN and Brunei Darussalam the opportunity to contribute towards ensuring maritime security through a multinational coalition in the region. The exercises also provided learning value to RBN Boarding Teams in the conduct of maritime interdiction operation.

The exercises were led by Commander Sonny Iskandar bin Rasani, Commanding Officer of KDB DARULAMAN, with a complement of 64 personnel.