Commander Khairil Haji Abdul Rahman, Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) assume the appointment as the Fleet Commander on the 12th of October 2020. Born in Brunei Darussalam on the 6th of July 1975. He enlisted into the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) in January 1991 joining the 13th Intake of the Boys Company. He was then awarded a scholarship program from the Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Ordinary National Diploma in Electrical, Electronic, Communication and Computer Engineering in South Devon College, Torquay, United Kingdom in 1993 to 1995.
He later returned in August 1995 as an Officer Cadet of the RBN. He graduated as midshipman in April 1998 from Britannian Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, United Kingdom. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1998, Lieutenant rank in 2003, Lieutenant Commander Rank in 2007 and Commander Rank in 2013.
Commander Khairil's early years in RBN spent mostly on board the Missile Gun Boats and Coastal Patrol Craft where he held appointments such as Navigation Officer, Executive Officer and as a Commanding Officer. Staff tour in the Navy Headquarters as Staff Officer Grade 3 Admin and Personnel, and later appointed as the RBN Navigation Officer. Other staff appointment held was as the Staff Officer Grade 2 Joint Maritime Operation at the Joint Force Headquarter where he had the opportunity as Joint Staff during Exercise Tempest Express in Australia and also as the secretariat for ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting – Plus (ADMM+) Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) and Military Medicine (MM) Exercise 2013 in which later take the role as Exercise Controller Staff for RBN. He had undergone various professional courses abroad such as the International Sub-Lieutenant, International Long Navigation, and International Principal Warfare Officer in the United Kingdom. He attended the Basic Diving, Mine Hunting Officer and Anti-Submarine Warfare in Republic of Singapore. Additionally, Bridge Resource Management by STET, IMO Level 3 OSR Training, Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT), RBAF Command & Staff Course and RBAF 12th Executive Development Programme attended locally.
The first command appointment was as the Commanding Officer (CO) of KDB PEMBURU, one of the PERWIRA Class, Coastal Patrol Craft (CPC) in 2004. He was later appointed as CO KDB PERWIRA in mid-2005, whilst assuming the post as CPC Squadron Commander. After returning from International Principal Warfare Officer Course, he commanded KDB SETERIA a WASPADA Class Missile Gun Boat in 2006.
Throughout his career, Commander Khairil has been involved in two RBN shipbuilding projects in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003 and in Bremen, Federal Republic of Germany in 2009. At the end of the tour in Bremen, Commander Khairil assumed command of KDB SYAFAAT, one of the Fast Patrol Boat, IJHTIHAD Class. In 2014 re-joined the project team in Bremen for the commissioning of the final Patrol Vessel DARUTTAQWA and sailed her back to Negara Brunei Darussalam as the Commanding Officer.
In November 2013, Commander Khairil assumed command of KDB DARUSSALAM for the Typhoon Haiyan HADR deployment to Tacloban, Republic of Philippines. Subsequently, Commander Khairil commanded KDB DARUTTAQWA to participate in Exercise SEAGULL in Palawan, Republic of Philippines in 2014, IMDEX in Singapore in 2015, and Exercise KOMODO in Padang, Republic of Indonesia in 2016. In July 2016, Commander Khairil was appointed as Chief of Staff of RBN Headquarters and as the Commandant Naval Training, Naval Training Centre in May 2018.
Commander Khairil attended Defence College in Thailand National Defence College, National Defence Studies Institute, Royal Thai Armed Forces in October 2019 to September 2020.
Throughout his service, Commander Khairil has been awarded the Most Honourable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei 3rd Class (S.M.B.), the Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei 4th Class (P.S.B.), Golden Jubilee (P.J.E), and the Military Civic Action Medal awarded by the Republic of the Philippines on completion of Typhoon Haiyan Relief.
Commander Khairil is an avid fitness enthusiast. He is married to a secondary school teacher Suryanti Binti Haji Mohammad Noor and blessed with two daughters and a son.