Bandar Seri Begawan - KDB Darulaman will join a series of exercises including AMAN 13 (Karachi, Pakistan), LIMA 13 Exhibition (Langkawi, Malaysia) and Ex Hornbill 23/13 (Lumut, Malaysia). The deployment is led by 384 Lt Col (L) Muhammad Hadi Syarifuddin bin Abdullah Mega, Commanding Officer KDB Darulaman with 71 crew members including officers.
AMAN 13 will be the first series RBN's ship will participate. The overall journey will take two months in the areas of Malacca Straits, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. The exercise will focus on naval operation. specifically sea tactical exercises. The aim of RBN in joining this multi-lateral exercise is for information sharing, mutual understanding, identifying areas of common interests, develop and practice response tactics, techniques and procedures against asymmetric and traditional threats during sea phase of the exercise.
AMAN 13 will show its resolve against terrorism and crimes at sea, to contribute towards regional peace and stability and to enhance interoperability between regional and extra regional navies thereby acting as a bridge between the regions. Eighteen countries have been invited to join this multi-lateral exercise. Some of the countries will be joining as observers while others will join the exercise at sea.
After AMAN 13, KDB Darulaman will go to Langkawi for the LIMA 13 exhibition where the ship will be open for visitors. Their last destination is for the Hornbill exercise 23/13. This bilateral exercise with Malaysia is intended to strengthen the relationship between the two countries and enhance mutual cooperation and understanding through the development of common operational doctrines and procedures in naval evolution and maritime warfare. During the departure at RBN Jetty, Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Commander of RBAF; First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Mohd Hanifah, Commander of RBN; RBN officers as well as families of the personnel came to say farewell and recite a doa for the safety throughout their journey.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin