Sovereign’s Parade marks OCS 14th intake graduation
HIS Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, yesterday graced the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Defence Academy in Kg Tanah Jambu.
Accompanying the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the RBAF was His Royal Highness Lieutenant Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.
The ceremony marked the graduation of the 14th intake of the Officer Cadet School (OCS), following their successful completion of the 52-week officer cadet training course. It was the first passing out parade held at the Defence Academy’s new facility.
Over the past year, the officer cadets underwent rigorous training to develop their leadership, character and intellect in order to meet the high standards required to become military officers.
Of the 34 officer cadets who passed out as full-fledged officers yesterday, 17 were commissioned as officers of the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF), eight to the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and another nine to the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF).
The latest Sovereign’s Parade also saw the commissioning of military doctors including a general practitioner and two dental practitioners.
Upon arrival at the parade square, His Majesty was greeted by RBAF Commander Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih Abdullah before receiving the royal salute and inspecting the guard of honour.
The ceremony proceeded with a march-past, followed by the monarch’s titah and presentation of awards to outstanding officer cadets.
His Majesty bestowed the highly-coveted Sword of Honour to Officer Cadet Muhd Farasul Wa’ie Wadi RBN, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Historical Studies from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The Sword of Honour is the highest award granted to an officer cadet with top achievements in all aspects of the year-long course including military skills, academic and physical training.
Bangor University psychology graduate Officer Cadet Muhd Afandi Juna received the Best Academic Award, while University of Leicester chemistry graduate Officer Cadet (U) Muhd Khairi Zulfitri Hafizuddin Zulkapli won the Best Military Skills Award.
The Best Physical Fitness Training Award was given to Officer Cadet Muhd Ihya’uddin Hj Ishak, a tourism management degree holder from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation.
After the presentation of awards, three chants of “Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik” were heard from the men and women mounting the guard of honour. A prayer was also read by Captain Ariffin Amit, assistant head of the RBAF Religious Department.
His Majesty then proceeded to the ceremonial hall to sign a parchment to commemorate the official opening of the state-of-the-art Defence Academy.
Following a santap, the monarch met with the newly-commissioned officer cadets and their families. His Majesty also received a pesambah in the form of a sculpture entitled Nur Ukhuwwah and signed a royal parchment as well as a book chronicling the 14th intake’s officer cadet training.
The monarch later mingled with OCS instructors and officers, students at the academy alongside previous recipients of the Sword of Honour prior to a group picture.
The Brunei Times