Sultan of Brunei visits the SAF

(L)Col Chiang Hock Woon, Chief Infantry Officer, Commander 9th Division with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah (C).

SINGAPORE - Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah visited the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Multi-Mission Range Complex (MMRC) and Headquarters 3rd Singapore Division (HQ 3 Div) on Tuesday afternoon.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is in Singapore on a three-day State Visit until Wednesday.

His visit to the SAF underscores the strong defence ties between Singapore and Brunei. The SAF and the Royal Brunei Land Forces will conduct their flagship Exercise Maju Bersama in Singapore next month, and mark 20 years of cooperation next year.

While at MMRC, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah viewed live-firing demonstrations at the 50m indoor shooting range and the urban operations range, and also fired the Singapore Assault Rifle 21. During his visit to HQ 3 Div, he viewed a static display of the 3rd Generation SAF's military hardware and also drove the upgraded Light Strike Vehicle Mark II (LSV MK II) as well as the Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also met with the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel currently attending the SAF courses in Singapore. To commemorate the visit, he was presented with the SAF's Honorary Advanced Combat Skills Badge as well as Honorary Terrex and LSV MK II Driver's Licenses.

He was hosted by Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, and was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik, Minister of Education Pehin Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Finance II Pehin Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II Pehin Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister's Office Pehin Yasmin Umar, Commander of the RBAF Pehin Major-General Tawih Abdullah, as well as senior Bruneian officials. Also present during the visit were Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng and Chief of Army Brigadier-General Perry Lim.