Singapore awards RBAF deputy chief
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SINGAPORE’S Ministry of Defence has awarded Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz Hj Mohd Tamit the Meritorious Service Medal (Military) in the city-state.
A press statement from the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) said the award was in recognition of his contributions and outstanding services in promoting strong relations between the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
It added that during First Admiral Dato Abdul Aziz’s tenure as RBN commander, a range of bilateral activities and professional exchanges were carried out between Brunei and Singapore, resulting in closer relations between the two navies.
Singaporean Defence Minister of Dr Ng Eng Hen presented the award to the deputy commander.
The deputy commander also met Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, Singapore navy chief, in a separate courtesy call at Singapore’s Ministry of Defence.
First Admiral Dato Abdul Aziz was appointed RBAF deputy commander on March 13, about one year after leading the RBN as its 14th commander.
He joined the RBAF in 1984, graduated as a midshipman from UK’s Britannia Royal Naval College a year later and was promoted to First Admiral in 2011, following his 27 years of military service.
In the same year, he was also conferred the Darjah Pahlawan Negara Brunei Yang Amat Perkasa or The Most Gallant Order of Pahlawan Negara Brunei.
He also held staff and command appointments including Joint Force commander in 2009.
The Brunei Times