ASEAN young navy meet under way
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) is hosting the 2nd ASEAN Navy Young Officers Interaction (ANYOI), bringing together 18 junior personnel from navies across the region.
During the opening ceremony at the Bolkiah Garrison Officers’ Mess yesterday, the RBN Deputy Commander underscored the significance of multilateral interaction programmes to boost cooperation and understanding between participating naval forces.
Colonel (L) Pg Norazmi Pg Mohammad, said he hoped ANYOI would enhance knowledge and broaden the minds of the young officers.
“You are indeed the future naval leaders of tomorrow and every single bit of knowledge contributes dearly towards realising the ASEAN dream,” he added. Maritime cooperation holds strategic importance in promoting peace and stability towards establishing the ASEAN Community by 2015.
In an interview, he elaborated that ANYOI is in accordance with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s call for youth development.
“Such interaction programmes for young officers enable them to create friendships and share experiences. Networking is essential in their careers as navies within the region need to work together to overcome maritime challenges,” said Colonel (L) Pg Norazmi.
Yesterday, the 18 junior personnel also participated in a seminar presentation with the theme “Friendship at Sea for Regional Maritime Peace and Security – Nurturing Future Leaders”.
Supervised by the Deputy Fleet Commander of the RBN, Lieutenant Colonel (L) Zil Husam Hj Abd Rahman, the young officers took turns sharing their views pertaining to the theme.
They also discussed ways to avoid misunderstanding and miscommunication at sea.
The exchange of ideas in open discussions could lead them to develop suitable mechanisms to address maritime issues, commented 2nd ANYOI Chair Lieutenant Colonel (L) Pg Mohammad Pg Hj Mohd Damit.
Conducted from October 27 to November 1, participating in the event are junior naval officers from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The inaugural ANYOI was held in Vietnam last year.
The Brunei Times