MUARA COMMERCIAL WHARF, Saturday, 7 March 2020 - His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, today held a working visit to the Australian Collins Class Submarine HMAS Dechaineux, which is the first submarine to dock in Brunei Darussalam from 7 to 9 March 2020.
Upon arrival at Muara Commercial Wharf, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was welcomed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd. Yussof, Second Minister of Defence; Her Excellency Nicola Rosenblum, High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam; Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces; Brigadier General (Retired) Dato Seri Pahlawan Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah, Permanent Secretary of Defence; Service Commanders and Joint Force Commander as well as Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy.
The tour began with a safety briefing delivered by Commander Brad Francis. His Royal Highness then boarded the submarine and visited the Senior Sailors Mess; Control Room; Weapon Storage Compartment; Junior Sailors Mess; Motor Generator Room; and Machinery Control Room.
At the end of the tour, His Royal Highness consented for a group photograph session and was presented with a plaque and ‘Pesambah’ by the Chief of Navy of the Royal Australian Navy and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Dechaineux. Soon after, His Royal Highness also consented to give plaques to both officials.
The HMAS Dechaineux submarine, which is based at Fleet Base West in Western Australia is the fourth Collins Class submarines that was commissioned for service in the Royal Australian Navy on 23 February 2001. The submarine is capable of accommodating 38 sailors and 10 officers and is one of the first submarines which was designed with computers. The submarine also boasts a range of features including a high-performance hull form, highly automated controls, high shock resistance and an efficient weapons handling and discharge system.