KDB Darulehsan sails to Batam for Komodo exercise
THE KDB DARULEHSAN yesterday set sail to Batam, Indonesia yesterday to participate in the 2014 Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo hosted by the Indonesian National Armed Forces – Navy (TNI AL).
The exercise will run from March 28 until April 3, 2014. Leading the Sultanate’s deployment was Major (L) Willie Padan as Commanding Officer of KDB Darulehsan with a total crew of 75 personnel.
The exercise will focus on naval cooperation capabilities in disaster relief operations and evolution of exercises including the Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX), Man Overboard Exercise (MOBEX), Oil Spill Exercise and Cross Deck Landing Exercise.
At the Ship Send-Off ceremony, Commander of Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abd Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit, Fleet Commander, Lt Col (L) Hj Yusuf Masron, Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) officers and personnel as well as their family members were present to bid them farewell.
To bless their journey, a Doa Selamat was recited Staff Sergeant Hj Zulamin Shah Hj Zainal followed by the Azan on the ship’s forecastle by Corporal Muhammad Shahrin Hj Sarpuddin.
In the forthcoming exercise, the Bruneian envoy will join 16 other countries involving 28 warships in Batam including areas of Anambas and Natuna islands.
Apart from promoting defence diplomacy between the participating countries, the multilateral exercise will give opportunities for the involved personnel to gain experience, knowledge and skills.
The Brunei Times