Naval exercise participants arrive in Brunei waters

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MILITARY naval vessels participating in the ASEAN Defence Minister's Meeting Maritime Security and Counter Terrorism (ADMM Plus MS and CT) Exercise have arrived in Brunei waters yesterday in preparation for the multi-national maritime exercise that will commence today until May 12.

The naval ships were docked at the Muara Naval Base, and when local media visited the site, the atmosphere was alive with synergy as naval personnel from multiple countries were docking their vessels with the help of personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

Philippines’ Navy frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), the Malaysian Navy KD TERENGGANU (174) Patrol vessel, Singapore’s Formidable Class multi-mission frigate, Thailand’s HTMS (His Thai Majesty’s Ship) Taksin (FFG 422) Guided-Missile Frigate and the Australian Navy ship HMAS ANZAC Frigate Helicopter were docked at the Royal Brunei Naval Jetty.

Additionally, China Destroyer LANZHOU (170), the United states Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS STETHEM (DDG 63), south Korean Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer ROKS Choi Young, Russian large anti-submarine pacific fleetship Admiral Vinogradov and the Indian Navy’s INS Airavat Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel were docked at the Muara commercial wharf.

According to a press release from the High Commission of India, the INS Airavat, commanded by Commander Jayant Mahadik is a Landing Ship Tank that was built at GRSE, Kolkata.

It has a lift capability of 500 troops, 10 tanks and 11 combat truck which allows the vessel to be effective for a variety of missions ranging from amphibious operations to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR).

“The participation of INS Airavat will further strengthen the strong bilateral ties and extensive maritime interactions between India and ASEAN countries as well as contribute to enhancing maritime security in the region,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, the Japanese JDS Ise DDH-182, the second of two Hyuga-class helicopter destroyer Japanese Navy is at anchor in Brunei Bay after its arrival yesterday morning.

Expected arrivals of participating military assets include maritime patrol aircrafts from the Royal New Zealand Airforce P-3 Orion and United States Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. The ADMM Plus MS and CT Exercise will focus on a fictional trade passage used by extremist groups to transport weapon and cell members as well as the hijacking of cargo and offshore platforms to demand the release of their members.

In a previous interview with Joint Force Commander Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Hj Hamzah Hj Sahat, the ADMM Plus MS and CT Exercise has main four objectives.

Among them are to maintain the momentum for practical cooperation between the ADMM-Plus Expert Working Groups and to enhance interoperability between ADMM Plus nations in responding to maritime terrorism.

The objectives also include the promotion of information sharing on maritime terrorism as well as to better understand the capabilities of ADMM Plus nations in responding to relevant and contemporary scenarios.

The Brunei Times