2 Malaysian ships in Brunei for naval drills

Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ships have safely anchored at the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) base yesterday for Exercise Hornbill series 24/2014.

Exercise Hornbill 24/2014 is an annual exercise, alternately hosted by Brunei and Malaysia.

The RMN ships were KD Selangor and KD Ganas will be in the Sultanate for the duration of the exercise from today to Nov 23.

Welcoming the ships crews were Commanding Officer of KDB Darulehsan who is also Commander Task Group for the Exercise, Lt Col (L) Willie Padan.

Also part of the welcoming committee were Commanding Officer of KDB Ijhtihad Major (L) Md Azrin Hj Mahmud and officers from the participating ships.

Commander Naval Region 2 Rear Admiral Dato' Pahlawan Mohammad Rosland Omar.

He was accompanied by Commanding Officer KD Selangor and Deputy Commander Task Group Commander Jamaludin Hj Sairi and Commanding Officer KD Ganas Lt Commander Che Mohd Fakrul Azizi Che Lah.

Rear Admiral Dato Pahlawan Mohd Rosland and his delegation then proceeded to make a courtesy call to the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy at the RBN headquarters.

RBN in a statement said Exercise Hornbill will comprise three phases involving four participating ships; KDB Darulehsan and KDB Ijhtihad as well as KD Selangor and KD Ganas.

"Exercise Hornbill will kick off from harbour phase in Brunei followed by a three day sea phase en route from Brunei waters to Sepanggar Naval Base in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and post exercise phase in Sepanggar Naval Base," the statement read.

Exercise Hornbill aimed to strengthen the relationship and enhance mutual co-operation and understanding between both navies.

"The enhancement and strengthening of mutual understanding is aimed to be achieved from the experience of working together in the development of common doctrines, procedures and tactics," an RBN statement read.