Commander Haji Suhailee bin Pungut, Royal Brunei Navy assumed the appointment as the Commandant Combat Services Support on the 15th January 2021. He was born in Brunei Darussalam on the 23rd of August 1968. He enlisted into the Royal Brunei Armed Forces in February 1990.
He enrolled as an Officer Cadet of the Royal Brunei Navy on September 1990 and graduated as a midshipman in August 1991 from Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, United Kingdom. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1992, Lieutenant rank in 1999, Lieutenant Commander Rank in 2007 and Commander Rank in 2014.
During his early years, he largely served onboard various platforms such as the Missile Gun Boats and Coastal Patrol Crafts where he held appointments such as Navigation Officer, Gunnery Officer, Executive Officer and as a Commanding Officer. Commander Haji Suhailee also stood the appointment of a staff officer at RBN Headquarters as Staff Officer Grade 3 Admin and Personnel, Fleet Operations Officer, and later Seconded as National Security Committee Secretariat, Prime Ministers Office which at the same time holding post as Acting Director of National Maritime Coordination Centre. Other staff appointment held was as the Staff Officer Grade 1 Intelligence at Directorate of Intelligence, Ministry of Defense. He had undergone various professional courses abroad such as the International Sub-Lieutenant, International Long Navigation and International Principal Warfare Officer 'A' (IPWO 'A') in United Kingdom. Whereas, he attended The Basic and Advanced Manpower Officer's Course and The Anti-Submarine Warfare Officers Course (ASWOC) in Singapore. Additionally, Sea Survival Course, Intelligence Officer Course, Bridge Resource Management, Junior Staff Course 01/06, RBAF Command & Staff Course and RBAF 12th Executive Development Programme on Public Policy for Senior Government Officials 2015.
The first command appointment Commander Haji Suhailee held was the Commanding Officer of KDB PEMBURU, one of the PERWIRA Class, Coastal Patrol Craft (CPC) in 2004. He later then held Commanding Officer appointment of KDB PEJUANG in 2008. He commanded KDB IJHTIHAD, the lead ship among all FPB Class, back to Brunei, which marked new journey of the new class apart from MGB Class, and later held appointment as Commanding Officer of KDB IJHTIHAD in 2010. He held appointment as Defense Advisor to the Republic of Indonesia in 2017 and was appointed as the Commandant Combat Services Support on 15th January 2021.
In May 2014, Commander Haji Suhailee commanded KDB DARUSSALAM and participated in RIMPAC exercise in August 2014. Commander Haji Suhailee also participated in other naval exercises during his command namely PELICAN Exercise with Singapore, Exercise CARAT with US Navy, Exercise SEAGULL with the Republic of Philippines Navy, HELANG LAUT with the Republic of Indonesia, Western Pacific Naval Seminar (WPNS) in Mumbai India, Exercise PENGUIN in Australia and Exercise HORNBILL with Royal Malaysian Navy.
Throughout his service, Commander Haji Suhailee has been awarded Pingat Kerja Lama (P.K.L), Pingat Indah Kerja Baik (P.I.K.B), the Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei 4th Class (P.S.B.), the Command and Staff Course (psc (j)) and Principal Warfare Officer (pwo).
Commander Haji Suhailee is a sailing enthusiast. He is married to Julianah binti Haji Jeffery and blessed with three daughters and one son.