MUARA, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 – First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Spry bin Haji Serudi @ Haji Seruji, the Commander of Royal Brunei Navy, received a courtesy call from Rear Admiral Christopher Smith, Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Navy via Video Teleconference (VTC) today at the Royal Brunei Navy Headquarters in Muara Naval Base.
During the call, both sides expressed their commitment towards enhancing and strengthening bilateral relations between Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) through various avenues such as port visits, professional exchanges, training and capacity building. Plans for future engagements and training opportunities were also discussed during the call. Friendly ties between the two navies continue to flourish despite the challenges imposed by the global pandemic outbreak of COVID-19.
The call 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 Australia's immediate region through bilateral and multilateral engagements, training and capacity building. Other activities RAN under IPE21 involving RBN is the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) conducted between KDB DARULEHSAN, HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS ANZAC.