RBN commander attends naval symposium
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) commander was in Padang, Indonesia this week to attend the 15th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS).
First Admiral Pg Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi Pg Hj Muhammad joined 12 other chiefs of navies and 22 heads of delegations from 35 countries for the event, which took place alongside the Indonesian Navy International Fleet Review and Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo (MNEK) 2016.
Held from April 12-16, the exercise also saw the participation of 20 warships including RBN’s KDB Daruttaqwa.
In his remarks, Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasised the role of military operations other than war, particularly humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities. He stressed that the MNEK promotes defence diplomacy whilst enhancing navies’ multilateral capacities.
The MNEK comprised a table top exercise, command post exercise on HADR operations as well as a field training exercise.
Meanwhile, at the WPNS, the chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy underlined the importance of confidence-building and capacity development among navies. Admiral Ade Supandi said these include promoting education as well as training through exchanges and visits.
The symposium this year was themed “Maritime Partnership for Stability in the Western Pacific Region”.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MinDef), the RBN commander also held bilateral talks with several of his counterparts. The WPNS ended with an agreement to host a workshop in 2017 in Chile and symposium in 2018 in Korea.
The Brunei Times