AUCKLAND, Friday 27 May 2016 - Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand recently co-chaired the Final Planning Conference (FPC) of ADMM-PLUS Experts' Working Group (EWG) Maritime Security (MS) Field Training Exercise (FTX), Exercise Mahi Tangaroa '16' in Auckland, New Zealand from 23-26 May.
The FPC EWG Co-Chairs were Deputy Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), Captain Haji Othman bin Haji Suhaili @ Suhaily RBN, and the Director Asia, Ministry of Defence New Zealand, Mike Thompson.
The aim of Exercise Mahi Tangaroa '16 is to promote cooperation and interoperability, as well as information sharing among the ADMM-Plus member countries in addressing global common non-traditional Maritime Security threats. The exercise is expected to take place from November 13 to 17, 2016 followed by International Naval Review, to commemorate Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th Anniversary.
Exercise Mahi Tangaroa '16 is expected to incorporate the ADMM-Plus FTX Standard Operating Procedures and the document of Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES).
During the FPC, participants confirmed staffs and assets they will be contributing to the exercise including logistics requirements. The FPC also discussed the exercise's organizational structure, along with administrative matters.
The conference was officially opened by Captain David McEwan, Captain Fleet Operational Readiness, and closed by the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Jim Gilmore.
Source: Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam