BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and the Marine Police (POLMAR) of the Royal Brunei Police Force yesterday concluded a successful five-day joint exercise.
The annual exercise, which was codenamed SEMBILANG 10/13, was conducted with the aim to improve and increase the existing inter-operability and cooperation between the two forces.
In his opening remarks, Senior Superintendent (SSP) Johari Dato Paduka Hj Mat Nor who was present as the guest of honour said that the participation of the two forces along with its successful completion is a positive indicator for the security of the country.
“We are to realise that maritime security issues are not only of the conventional nature but that they can also be non-conventional in this era that is increasingly becoming challenging. The execution of this exercise is still relevant and important to both the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, as it is a depiction of both parties’ involvement and cooperation in upholding the country’s sovereignty and maritime safety,” said SSP Johari who was also a representative of the RBPF.
He said that while current situations are peaceful, they must always be ready towards any threat in defending the country despite having different duties.
“With the execution of the exercises, it presents itself as a positive response and I believe that it has given knowledge and new experiences which will act as an incentive to improve our professionalism and interoperability as well as understanding regarding operation in dealing with maritime issues.”
The five-day joint exercise was divided into two phases where the phases took place on land and at sea.
The land phase involved scholarly exercises and briefings from relevant agencies while the sea phase recorded physical exercises including shooting at sea, boarding, and dive searches at night which all took place for the first time in the exercises’ 10 years of running.
During the closing ceremony, a signing and exchange of the Sembilang 10/13 reports took place between the SSP Johari as a representative of the RBPF while Lt. Col Muhammad Hadi Syarifuddin Hj Md Hassanal Mega as a representative of the RBN.
The Brunei Times