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OPENING CEREMONY EXERCISE SEMBILANG SERIAL 14/2019

ROYAL BRUNEI POLICE FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Tungku, Monday, 07 October 2019 - The Opening Ceremony for Exercise SEMBILANG Serial 14/2019 was held at Auditorium Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) Headquarters, Tungku. The Opening Ceremony was officiated by the Acting Director of Operations RBPF, Senior Superintendent Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah bin Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris. This year's annual joint exercise between the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and Marine Police (POLMAR) is hosted by the POLMAR and will be conducted from 07 October 2019 until 10 October 2019. At his opening remarks, Superintendent Haji Azree bin Haji Abdul Manaf, Commanding Officer of POLMAR, highlights the opportunity for both agencies to further enhance their mutual understanding in terms of intelligence gathering, patrol and joint maneuvers during the exercise.

Prior to the opening ceremony, the Fleet Commander of RBN, Captain Norshahrinizam bin Haji Talib, RBN made a courtesy call to the Acting Director of Operations RBPF, Senior Superintendent Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah bin Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris. Also present were Acting Chief of Staff RBN, Commander Sonny Iskandar bin Rasani, RBN, the Commanding Officer of POLMAR, Superintendent Haji Azree bin Haji Abdul Manaf and the Commanding Officer of KDB AFIAT, Lieutenant Commander Haji Abdul Hafiz Mubarak bin Haji Rusli, RBN.

Exercise SEMBILANG Serial 14/2019 is composed of three phases. The first phase involves lectures and discussion sessions on the operations and also the introduction of Operations Awkward through lecture, which is a significant milestone for Exercise SEMBILANG to put into practice in the near future. The second phase, the sea phase, concentrates more on the practical side of the exercise which allows both units to practice joint boarding operations as well as Towing Exercise (TOWEX) using the appropriate command chain and procedure. The final phase concludes the whole exercise, including the closing ceremony and the sports interaction between both agencies for 'The SEMBILANG Cup,' which will be held on the 10 October 2019.

The main objectives for this year's joint exercise are to enhance the preparedness and effectiveness of both agencies in the implementation of intelligence and information sharing as well as to further enhance the understanding of practicing the evolution of joint operations in Communication, Seamanship and Boarding. The objectives are to improve joint maritime cooperation and sharing of responsibilities in maintaining the maritime security and integrity of Brunei Darussalam.