‘Hornbill’ navy exercise commences

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BRUNEI-MUARA

YESTERDAY marks the beginning of the 24th Hornbill Exercise, a joint exercise between the navies of Brunei and Malaysia aimed at enhancing their interoperability in naval operations.

The opening ceremony of the joint exercise was launched by Laksamana Muda Dato Pahlawan Mohammad Rosland Omar, Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN) Commander of Naval Region 2, at the Multinational Coordination Centre in Muara yesterday.

Witnessing the launch was the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abd Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit, the Commander Task Group (CTG) for this exercise, Lt Kol (L) Willie Padan from the Royal Brunei Navy, the Deputy Commander Task Group (DCTG), Kdr Jamaluddin Bin Hj Sairi from the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The RMN Commander in his speech said this year Hornbill Exercise 24/2014 will conceptualise a Field Training Exercise (FTX) hosted by RBN.

“FTX will run in three phases: the Docking phase at RBN Base; the Sea phase on Brunei and Sabah, Malaysia’s waters; and the Closing phase at the RMN Kota Kinabalu Base,” he said.

In the Sea phase, he said 22 series of trainings will be carried out.

These comprise seven training series in War and Shooting; six in the Evolution of Maritime Knowledge; another six in Navigation; and three in Communication.

The navy ships seafaring in the exercise for RBN will be KDB Darulehsan and KDB Ijhtijad.

RMN will be represented by the KD Selangor and KD Ganas.

Two supporting aircraft will also be involved; the Learjet from the Aerotree Flight Services Company and the Super Lynx.

Hornbill Exercise will also have diverse sea and air range exercise events supported by Royal Brunei Air Force during the conduct of a Helo transfer exercise.

“We should utilise all the lessons learnt during the exercise as guidance so together both of us can enhance our level of professionalism and emerge as capable navies,” he said.

The Ministry of Defence in a statement said the Hornbill exercise is expected to enhance mutual understanding and agreed procedure as well as to establish a sense of camaraderie of both navies to another level.

Meanwhile Laksamana Muda Dato Pahlawan Mohd Rosland announced that both navies have agreed to get involved in the Brunei-Malaysia (BruMal) sports during the Hornbill Exercise.

The sports to be competed on November 21 are hockey, sepak takraw and futsal and the overall winner will win the BruMal trophy.

The Brunei Times