Six personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and another member of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) will be joining the 12th International Monitoring Team (IMT) to Mindanao, the Republic of the Philippines. Meanwhile, another 29 personnel of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) will be joining a peacekeeping mission with the Malaysian Battalion MALBATT 850-3 team for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). A sending off ceremony for the contingents was held yesterday at the Air Movement Centre of the Royal Brunei Air Force base in Rimba.
Present at the sending off ceremony were Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Paduka Seri Mohd Tawih bin Abdullah, the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Mohamad Jammy bin Haji Muhamad Shah Al-Islam, the Acting Commissioner of Police.
The handing over of the Logo and Beret to members of the contingent was made by the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
Participation in overseas operations such as the IMT in Mindanao is a continuation of the country’s efforts to contribute towards regional cooperation. It also represents the country’s intention in supporting peace and stability in neighbouring countries.
At the ceremony, the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces also handed over the National flag to the Head of the IMT contingent, Lieutenant Colonel Azman bin Haji Bangkol and Head of the UNIFIL contingent, Captain Mohd Faizi bin Haji Tarif.
The placement of the national contingent in Lebanon is in line with the United Nation’s mandate, and is a tribute for RBAF to be joining the mission. Brunei Darussalam has been sending peacekeeping missions to Lebanon since 2008.