The Royal Brunei Navy wants a deeper and stronger relationship with the Philippine Navy. RBN Commander First Admiral Pengiran Norazmi Bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad expressed his enthusiasm in deepening and strengthening of the relationship between the PN and RBN, the Navy said. The RBN commander assumed office March 13 this year. He arrived last Sunday for an official visit and introductory call to Philippine military and defense officials.
First Admiral Norazmi had a meeting with PN Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Jesus Millan June 8 at Philippine Navy Headquarters, Naval Station Jose Andrada, Roxas Blvd., Manila.
“The PN and RBN has a regular bilateral training codenamed Maritime Training Activity Seagull (MTA Seagull) hosted alternately to strengthen the bilateral relationship and enhance the mutual cooperation and understanding between the two navies,” the Navy said.
MTA Seagull is being held every other year in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation between the Philippines and Brunei Darussalam signed on August 22, 2001 which serves as a framework for fostering closer defense relations and cooperation between the armed forces of both countries.
Last year, MTA Seagull was held in Philippines within Naval Forces West area of responsibility in Palawan. RBN sent one Darussalam Class Offshore Patrol Vessel, one fast patrol boat and one diving section.