HM opens Defence Academy
A NEW state-of-the-art facility for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Defence Academy was officially opened yesterday by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
In his titah, the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the RBAF said the infrastructure will pave the way for a “truly successful” centre for military instruction and training.
With modern facilities sprawled over 150 acres of real estate in Kg Tanah Jambu, the spacious Defence Academy provides a more conducive military training environment for the officer cadets, His Majesty said.
“It will also help to enhance the image and profile of our Defence Academy domestically and internationally,” said the monarch during the 14th Sovereign’s Parade.
His Majesty added that the infrastructure was a major investment undertaken by the government to develop the human resource capacity of the armed forces. However, the monarch pointed out that national defence should not be solely reliant on equipment and weaponry.
“What is also crucial is the ability of its members in performing their respective roles. If they perform well, undoubtedly this would be an added value to the equipment and weaponry,” said His Majesty.
The monarch also described the ceremony yesterday as a “historic moment” for the 34 newly-commissioned officer cadets as the passing out parade was the first to take place at the Defence Academy’s new location.
His Majesty emphasised the Officer Cadet School (OCS) has a huge role to play in training, instructing and guiding the officer cadets.
Commenting on the training programme, the monarch said it was designed to produce military leaders who are competent and proficient as well as able to perform their duties with excellence, besides dealing with future challenges.
“I’m certain the officer cadets who are graduating today are able to execute their duties and take up bigger roles than what they have encountered before,” said His Majesty.
In assisting their superiors to formulate informed policy decisions, the monarch advised the officer cadets to constantly be on alert to geo-strategic and geo-economic developments affecting the security and defence interests of the sultanate.
His Majesty also expressed confidence in the ability of the officer cadets to show a high level of discipline and character whilst performing the responsibilities entrusted on them.
“I believe they are qualified to become role models who possess the characteristics of ‘lead by example’ for all the personnel under their leadership in the future,” said the monarch, hoping the quality of instruction at OCS will continue to improve.
The Defence Academy was temporarily located at the Sungai Akar Camp prior to its relocation to the facility in Kg Tanah Jambu earlier this year.
Construction of the new infrastructure started in 2013 as a project under the 10th National Development Plan. Among the functions of the Defence Academy is to plan, manage and meet the training needs of RBAF officers in a systematic way.
The Brunei Times