BELAIT, Brunei - A military exercise between Brunei and Malaysia is under way, with both countries' land force joining the 11th edition of the Brumal Setia Series.
A contingent of 135 personnel from the Third Royal Malay Regiment arrived in Lumut from Malaysia on Tuesday, where they will continue training with their counterparts from the Third Battalion of the Royal Brunei Land Force in Lumut until April 28.
The opening ceremony of the exercise took place yesterday morning at the Lumut Camp, presided by guest of honour, Col Pg Dato Paduka Aminan Pg Hj Mahmud, acting deputy commander of the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF).
After Col Pg Dato Aminan conducted an inspection on the guard of honour, the Third Royal Malay Regiment's commanding officer handed over his unit's flag to the RBLF commanding officer.
The guest of honour then affixed armbands onto the officers, assigning to them duties of exercise controller, chief reviewer, as well as the leaders of the allied and enemy sides during the exercise.
In his address, Col Pg Dato Aminan hoped the exercise would build the foundation to enhance interaction and exchange of ideas between the two countries' land forces.
Col Pg Dato Aminan also exchanged souvenirs with his Malaysian counterpart, Lt Gen Dato' Seri Panglima Hj Ahmad Hasbullah Hj Mohd Nawawi, deputy chief of Malaysian Army.
The exercise is expected to centre around the Penanjong Garrison areas of Tutong district as well as several locations in Belait, focusing on the theme of counter-insurgency operations with elements of urban warfare and deploying conventional land battle tactics.
Live ammunition will be used during the exercise, while air support is expected to be deployed.
The exercise aims to improve interoperability between Brunei and Malaysia's land force, while strengthening the close ties fostered by their predecessors as evidenced by previous military cooperation during peacekeeping missions to Lebanon and Mindanao.
The Brumal/Malbru Setia exercise has been conducted since 1991, with the last two Malbru editions hosted in Malaysia. Brunei last hosted the exercise in 2008 in Tutong.