Navy ship returns after exercise in Indonesia

National 1 minute, 50 seconds

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Royal Brunei Navy’s KDB Daruttaqwa took part in a multilateral exercise in Padang, Indonesia that aimed to better deal with maritime security threats in the region.

Commander Khairil Hj Abd Rahman, commanding offficer of KDB Daruttaqwa, said his ship cooperated with the naval units of neighbouring countries during the exercise earlier this month.

Speaking to reporters after returning home yesterday, he said the officers and crew spent two days patrolling and inspecting seagoing vessels along the western coast of Sumatra.

“It is difficult to coordinate all naval assets from different nations with differing cultures and procedures into a single task force to meet any regional maritime challenges or security threats so discussions during the exercise pertained to efforts on collaboration between countries in the event that our help is needed,” he said.

Reflecting on their time during the exercise, Commander Khairil said it was a good experience as Brunei was able to learn from other countries’ naval officers on the different procedures that could potentially benefit the sultanate’s navy.

The Darussalam-class patrol vessel of the Royal Brunei Navy had set sail for Padang, situated on the western coast of the island of Sumatra, on April 4 with a crew of 59 navy personnel led by Commander Khairil.

KDB Daruttaqwa arrived at its destination on April 11 and participated in the exercise alongside 48 navy ships from 35 countries, beginning with the International Fleet Review 2016 where Indonesian President Joko Widodo was present to view and inspect the vessels involved in the exercise.

The exercise, in its second edition, featured a series of harbour and sea-going activities that provided a platform for participating countries to work together to enhance information sharing and maritime cooperation in the region.

The sea-going phase of the exercise began on April 12 and lasted for four days before reaching the Mentawai islands, where RBN officers assisted in constructing public facilities and providing primary healthcare services for the residents on the islands of Siberut and Sipura.

Upon arrival at the Muara Naval Base yesterday, the crew and officers of KDB Daruttaqwa were welcomed by the Acting Fleet Commander of the RBN Commander Shamsul Bahren Hj Taweh, senior officers and other personnel of the RBN.

The Brunei Times