RBAF displays military prowess
THE Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) put up an elaborate show of military prowess and technological advancements and assets as it celebrates its 55th anniversary yesterday.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, was present to witness the grand parade and arena performance held at the recently-opened RBAF Defence Academy in Kg Tanah Jambu.
Accompanying His Majesty, who is also the Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of RBAF were His Royal Highness Prince General Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince, Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and General of RBAF and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik.
The grand parade involved 1,055 personnel from the Royal Brunei Land Force, Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF), Royal Brunei Navy, RBAF Training Institute, Special Forces Regiment (SFR) and Women’s Company led by Lieutenant Colonel Hj Mohd Shahnonnizam Sulaiman.
Marching in clockwork synchronisation with the beat of the RBAF band, the grand parade wowed the audience with precision and discipline as it slow-marched around the parade square against a backdrop of various military vehicles.
Upon arrival, the Sultan inspected the grand parade and military assets while receiving the royal salute at the parade square.
After the inspection, the ceremony proceeded with His Majesty delivering his titah on the need for cooperation between various agencies in addressing traditional and non-traditional security threats.
The highlight of yesterday’s event was an elaborate arena performance from various branches of the military that was preceded by a fly-past of six helicopters of the RBAirF.
The arena performance began with a simulated hostage rescue when Special Forces Regiment personnel rappelled down from a Black Hawk helicopter onto the side of a hill before deftly proceeding to the parade square to apprehend the “target”.
At the climax of the simulated rescue, mock bombs exploded to reveal a large sign on the slopes of the nearby hill commemorating the anniversary celebrations while fireworks ignited on cue to illuminate the parade square, much to the delight of the watching crowds.
The parade also saw demonstrations and performances by various branches of the RBAF, with two dogs from the Gurkha Reserve Unit (GRU)’s K9 unit stealing the show by responding to basic commands from their handlers, while 12 horses cantered in formation around the parade square.
After events at the parade square had concluded, His Majesty then proceeded to tour the static display, fun fair and bazaar situated at the Officer Cadet School’s building.
During the tour, the Sultan was briefed on the various booths, displays and hardware, and given an insight on the latest developments from each branch of the military.
The monarch also stopped to mingle with military personnel, RBAF scholarship students and members of the public.
His Majesty concluded his visit with a lunch reception with senior officials at the Ministry of Defence, RBAF and defence _attachés _where His Majesty was presented with various pesambah.
The Brunei Times