His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, at this time graced the Commissioning Ceremony of Patrol Vessel KDB AS-SIDDIQ held at Jetty Bravo of Muara Naval Base. The ceremony started with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam acquired the Royal Salute and inspected the Parade comprising 110 Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) personnel led by Lieutenant Commander Mohammad Husaini bin Haji Mohammad Sofian, RBN. Then, ceremonial proceedings continued on the Commissioning Dais with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Commander Haji Ainolnizam bin Haji Ibrahim, RBN, Director of RBAF Spiritual Directorate (JAMA’AT). His Majesty then proceeded to ship the Commissioning Titah and awarded KDB AS-SIDDIQ with its Commissioning Pennant offered to Lieutenant Commander Haji Mohammad Arnold bin Haji Osman, RBN, Commanding Officer of KDB AS-SIDDIQ. This was adopted by the inaugural hoisting of the Commissioning Pennant and RBN Ensign, accompanied by the Nationwide Anthem.

Royal Brunei Navy KDB As-Siddiq Patrol Boat. (Photograph by Ministry of Brunei Darussalam)

The ceremony ended with a gaggle photograph on Jetty Bravo with KDB AS-SIDDIQ within the background earlier than continuing to the RBN Officers’ Mess for an govt session between His Majesty and key leaders from each nation’s Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces and Navies and this was adopted by a luncheon. The handing over of the ship, beforehand often called RSS BRAVE, is the results of the shut collaboration between the 2 Armed Forces and Navies. The renaming of the ship from RSS BRAVE to KDB AS-SIDDIQ, which is translated to “truthful,” holds a profound significance that embodies the sturdy bilateral relationship between RBN and RSN. Through the years, Brunei Darussalam and the Republic of Singapore had labored intently collectively, constructed on a basis of belief, mutual respect, and understanding. These qualities will proceed to play a pivotal position in strengthening cooperation between each nations within the years to return.


Royal Brunei Navy KDB As-Siddiq Patrol Boat
Royal Brunei Navy KDB As-Siddiq Patrol Boat. (Photograph by Ministry of Brunei Darussalam)

The Fearless-class patrol vessels have been constructed by Singapore Applied sciences (ST) Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy within the Nineteen Nineties. Collectively, the ships shaped the 182 and 189 Squadron. The Fearless-class patrol vessels have been ordered as replacements for the sooner Swift-class coastal patrol craft after that they had been transferred to the Police Coast Guard. The primary six vessels of the category: Fearless (94), Courageous (95), Brave (96), Gallant (97), Resilience (98) and Unity (99), are armed for anti-submarine warfare missions. The remaining six vessels: Resilience (82), Unity (83), Sovereignty (84), Justice (85), Freedom (86) and Independence (87) are patrol vessels. The primary six vessels are fitted for anti-submarine warfare, whereas the rest are configured as patrol vessels. In January 2005, 189 Squadron was transferred to the Coastal Command from the Fleet, and the 11 Fearless-class patrol vessels now kind the 182 and 189 Squadron.