Brunei Sultan visits SAF's Pasir Ris Camp

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter. He was taken on a tour of the army's Airborne-Trooper Training Facility and was later presented with the SAF's Honorary Advanced Military Freefall Wings to commemorate the event.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter. He was taken on a tour of the army's Airborne-Trooper Training Facility and was later presented with the SAF's Honorary Advanced Military Freefall Wings to commemorate the event.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei visited the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) Pasir Ris Camp yesterday, the final day of his two-day state visit.

He was hosted by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, while Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng, who is also Second Minister for Transport, and Chief of Army Melvyn Ong were also present.

At Pasir Ris Camp, Sultan Bolkiah watched the SAF's counter-terrorism forces storm a building and witnessed a freefall demonstration by the Red Lions skydivers. He also fired training munitions on simulated terrorist targets and was taken on a tour of the army's Airborne-Trooper Training Facility. At the end of the visit, Sultan Bolkiah was presented with the SAF's Honorary Advanced Military Freefall Wings to commemorate the event.

The Sultan's visit to the SAF underscores the close and longstanding defence ties between Singapore and Brunei, a bilateral defence relationship which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, said the Ministry of Defence.

Sultan Bolkiah was also hosted to lunch yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean. It was attended by several other ministers.

On Wednesday, Sultan Bolkiah was hosted to a state banquet by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. The Sultan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also launched a set of commemorative $50 notes to mark the 50th anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between the two countries.

In a statement yesterday wrapping up the Sultan's visit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the trip has reaffirmed the close, substantive and enduring ties between Singapore and Brunei.

It added: "The bilateral relationship is built on the firm foundations of friendship and trust between Singaporean and Bruneian leaders over the years, and will continue to flourish as both sides work together to strengthen existing and new pillars of cooperation."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2017, with the headline 'Brunei Sultan visits SAF's Pasir Ris Camp'. Print Edition | Subscribe