MUARA, Saturday, 7 March 2020 – Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) welcomed the arrival of the first Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Collin Class Submarine during her port visit to Brunei Darussalam (NDB) for a three day visit from Saturday, 07 March 2020 until Monday, 9 March 2020 at Muara Commercial Port (MPC). Present to receive the arrival of HMAS DECHAINEUX was Commander Willie Mathias bin Padan, Fleet Chief of Staff. Also present were RBN officers and personnel.
In conjunction with the inaugural visit by RAN Submarine to NDB, the Chief of Royal Australian Navy had the honour to welcomed 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 onboard HMAS DECHAINEUX. Also present to welcome His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was 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 as well as Joint Force Commander.
Throughout the port visit, Captain Bradley Francis, the Commanding Officer of HMAS DECHAINEUX had a courtesy call to the Commander Navy, First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili @Suhaily. Commander Navy gave a warm welcome to RBN and praised the men and women of HMAS DECHAINEUX for being the first submarine to successfully dock in NDB.
Other programmes include private reception onboard HMAS DECHAINEUX with the Second Minister of Defense as the guest of honour and ship visit for RBAF personnels. The arrival of Collin Class submarine to NBD elevates both navies defense relations as both share common capabilities and understanding with regards to maritime challenges in the region. HMAS DECHAINEUX departs on Moday, 9 March 2020 to their next port of call.