RBAF exercise to focus on new security threats

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TUTONG

THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) yesterday launched the fifth series of its largest military exercise, Hikmat Bersatu, at the Penanjong Garrison in Tutong.

This year’s exercise is focusing on non-traditional security threats. Taking place nationwide until April 7, it will affect several parts of the country, including rural, residential and commercial areas as well as waters in all four districts.

A press statement from the RBAF said the exercise is aimed at providing comprehensive training opportunities for members of the military where the training scenario is a follow-up of Exercise Perisai Kebangsaan conducted last October.

Its objectives include testing the RBAF’s capability to plan and operate in a joint environment and to validate its reviewed Joint Operational Doctrine and Standard Operating Procedures.

The exercise is also aimed at identifying potential future capability requirements.

Like its predecessors, the fifth series involves all units of the RBAF, including the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Brunei Air Force, Joint Force Headquarters, Special Force Regiment and directorates at the Ministry of Defence.

The First Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifle, the Gurkha Reserve Unit, Royal Brunei Police Force, district offices as well as several mukims and villages have also been providing assistance for the exercise. Launching the exercise at the RBAF Training Institute’s parade square at Penanjong Garrison was RBAF Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah.

Prior to the launching, he inspected a mass parade led by Lieutenant Colonel Pengiran Sharifuddin Pengiran Hj Yussof and presented armbands to the chiefs of respective working groups in the exercise. Also present were the services commanders and joint force commander of the RBAF as well as senior officers, officers and other RBAF members.

The Brunei Times