Visit by Rear-Admiral Denis Bertrand, “French Pacific Commander”.

Visit by Rear-Admiral Denis Bertrand, “French Pacific Commander”.

Rear-Admiral Denis Bertrand, Joint Commander of the Armed Forces in French Polynesia and Commander of the French Polynesian and Pacific Maritime Zones (ALPACI), paid an official visit to Brunei Darussalam on 14 March.

The Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), received in audience the Rear-Admiral Denis Bertrand and French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Christian Ramage. They were accompanied by Captain Philippe Bauzon, Defence Attaché.

Rear-Admiral Bertrand also paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Defence II, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, on Major General Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) and on the Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), First Admiral Pengiran Dato Seri Pahlawan Norazmi bin Pengiran Haji Muhammad.

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Courtesy call on the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF)

These meetings gave the opportunity to underscore the commitment by the two parties to strengthening bilateral defence and military cooperation and exchanges views on regional developments of mutual interest. They were also delighted to note that the 12th Joint Defence Working Committee (JDWC) was a success. The friendship between the two countries was further highlighted with the goodwill visit by French Navy frigate Vendemiaire to Brunei Darussalam from March 7-9.

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Courtesy call on the Commander of Royal Brunei Navy

As part of the programme, Rear-Admiral Denis Bertrand took the opportunity to visit the Royal Brunei Navy Headquarters and the Naval Training Centre, RBN, and to deliver a talk on “Security in the Pacific” at the 8th Command and Staff Course held in the Defence Academy Royal Brunei Armed Forces. In his presentation, Rear-Admiral Bertrand described the significant French presence in the Asia-Pacific Region, where 2800 personnel are located in the whole area (1800 in New Caledonia and 1000 in French Polynesia), with the support of 7 ships and patrol vessels, 9 maritime surveillance aircrafts and 8 helicopters. France is the only European country with such a military presence in the region and this particular commitment is also to be related to its special role as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council.

Last updated on: 3 April 2018
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