Singapore and Brunei Navies Bilateral Exercise Pelican

 In ASEAN, COVID-19, Defense, Sea, Forces & Capabilities

SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) recent­ly con­duct­ed bilat­er­al Exercise Pelican in the Philippine Sea,

This year’s exer­cise, the 39th in the series, was con­duct­ed at sea with no phys­i­cal inter­ac­tion between per­son­nel from both navies due to the cur­rent COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion, a Singapore Ministry of Defence state­ment said. The two navies focused on build­ing inter­op­er­abil­i­ty through the con­duct of var­i­ous exer­cise seri­als, includ­ing coor­di­nat­ed gun­nery firing, manoeu­vring and com­mu­ni­ca­tion exchanges.

Held from 27 to 29 July 2020, the exer­cise saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of RSN’s Formidable-class frigate RSS Supreme and RBN’s Darussalam-class patrol vessel KDB Darulehsan.

Highlighting the impor­tance of the exer­cise in rein­forc­ing the strong ties between the RSN and RBN, Commanding Officer of RSS Supreme, Lieutenant Colonel Chua Eileen said, “Exercise Pelican has once again allowed us to inter­act with close friends whom we have devel­oped rela­tion­ships with over the years. Out at sea, it is these time-tested part­ner­ships that allow us to oper­ate well togeth­er, and sup­port each other should the need arise. The good under­stand­ing that we estab­lished between our navies enabled us to plan and con­duct an exer­cise at sea with­out any phys­i­cal meet-ups.”

Commanding Officer of KDB Darulehsan, Commander Haji Edy Jofren bin Haji Abd Jalil added, “The RBN and RSN have a spe­cial rela­tion­ship that has devel­oped from our com­mit­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion in Exercise Pelican since its estab­lish­ment in 1979. It is indeed an impor­tant avenue for enhanc­ing inter­op­er­abil­i­ty, capac­i­ty build­ing and most impor­tant­ly forg­ing ties and friend­ships amongst RSN and RSN per­son­nel at all levels.”

Established in 1979, Exercise Pelican under­scores the close and long-stand­ing defence ties between Singapore and Brunei. The exer­cise enhances mutual coop­er­a­tion, under­stand­ing, and inter­op­er­abil­i­ty between the RSN and RBN. Besides Exercise Pelican, the RSN and RBN also inter­act reg­u­lar­ly through a range of activ­i­ties, includ­ing visits and pro­fes­sion­al exchange pro­grammes. –shp/mgm

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