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BRUNEI, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 – The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) conducted a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) in Brunei waters. The PASSEX involved three ships: KDB DARULEHSAN of RBN, HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS ANZAC of RAN.

A series of contactless training activities were conducted ranging from communication and maneuvering exercises such as Flag Hoist and Officer of the Watch Maneuvering Exercise (OOW MANEX). The exercise drew to a close with a sail past and piping the side as a means of farewell.

The exercise was conducted in conjunction with the Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2021 (IPE21), an annual Australian Defence Force (ADF) activity which aims to promote security and stability in the region through bilateral and multilateral engagements, training and capacity building. Furthermore, the exercise provided an opportunity for both navies to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance mutual understanding. The commanding officers from both navies expressed satisfaction with the exercise and expressed interest in having more opportunities to strengthen the naval friendship in the future.

The contactless PASSEX was conducted in line with the guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by Ministry of Health in combating against the spread of COVID-19. 

(The last two images are courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy)