His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence, and the Supreme Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), received in audience His Excellency Admiral Harry Binkley Harris Junior, Commander of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM). The audience ceremony took place at Istana Nurul Iman.
Present at the ceremony were Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd. Yussof, Second Minister of Defence; Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces; and His Excellency Craig Boyd Allen, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei Darussalam.
Defence and military cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and the United States was cemented through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation on 29th November 1994. The bilateral cooperation encompasses professional exchanges, training and exercises.
At the Multilateral Level, exchanges were conducted through interactions in Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT), Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) and the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus). The CARAT is an annual exercise conducted between Brunei Darussalam and the United States. The 23rd CARAT was held in November 2017 and the 24th Exercise in the series is expected in October this year.
Source: Radio Television Brunei