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10 Die In Tragic Chopper Crash
21 July 2012, Saturday 06:54 BORNEO BULLETIN

Bandar Seri Begawan - Bandar Seri Begawan - His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam last night consented to send a message of condolence to the family members of the victims of yesterday afternoon's tragic accident involving a Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) Bell 212 helicopter in Ulu Belait that involved the loss of lives, injuries and the missing personnel of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

The tragic accident involving 14 members of the RBAF resulted in 10 deaths, two injuries and two unaccounted for.

In the message, His Majesty expressed great sadness upon knowing of the tragic accident, and extended his condolences to the family members of the victims involved. His Majesty hoped that they would be patient, and also prayed that the souls of the victims would be blessed and placed with the pious.

For those who were injured, His Majesty prayed for their swift recovery.

With regards to those who are still missing, His Majesty commanded the RBAF and relevant agencies to carry on urgent and continuous action to find and account for the missing personnel.

Following the accident, His Majesty consented to go to the RBAirF Base to personally observe the victims who were flown back from the crash site.

Also present at the RBAirF Base was HRH Second Lieutenant Prince Abdul Mateen.

His Majesty then consented to go to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital to observe the condition of the victims who were receiving treatment. While at the RBAirF Base and at RIPAS Hospital, His Majesty consented to meet the families of the victims.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Defence, the military aircraft was carrying 14 passengers - three crew members and 11 officer cadets who were returning back to Bandar Seri Begawan after undergoing their training.

--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

http://www.brudirect.com/index.php/Local-N...pper-crash.html

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Dipertuan Of Brunei Darussalam has consented to send a message of condolence to the family... members of the victim of the recent tragic accident involving Royal Brunei Air Forces Bell 212 helicopter in ulu Belait.

Following the accident, His Majesty consented to go to the Royal Brunei Air Force Base to personally observe the Victims who were flown back from the crash site. Also present at the Royal Brunei Air Force Base was His Royal Highness Second Lieutenant Prince 'Abdul Mateen Ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah. The incident involved the loss of live, injuries and missing of Royal Brunei Armed Forces personnel. The Tragic accident involving fourteen members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces resulted in ten death, two injuries and two unaccounted for.

In the message, His Majesty the sultan and Yang Dipertuan of Brunei Darussalam expressed great sadness upon knowing of the tragic accident and extended his condolences to the family members of the victims involved. His Majesty hoped that they would be patient, and also prayed that the souls of the victims would be blessed and place with the pious.

For those who were injured, His Majesty prayed for their swift recovery. With regard to those who are still missing, His Majesty commanded the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and relevant agencies to carry on urgent and continuous action to find and account for the missing personnel.

His Majesty then consented to go to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital RIPAS to observe the condition of the victims who were receiving treatment. While at the Royal Brunei Air Force Base and at RIPAS hospital, His Majesty consented to meet the families of the victims.

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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Pray those two unaccounted Brunei armed forces personals can be found alive.

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I'm having doubts that there are more survivors.


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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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Burial Ceremony For Chopper Crash Victims.
22 July 2012, Sunday 07:21 Syafiq Affendy

Bandar Seri Begawan - The bodies of the two victims initially listed as missing following Friday's helicopter crash in Ulu Belait were retrieved yesterday by members of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.

Family members and friends of one of the deceased, 21700 PKDT Dk Nurazimah Pg Hassanan, gathered at the Bolkiah Garrison Surau yesterday to pay their final respects to the officer cadet, with was among the 14 on their way back from training aboard the Bell 212 helicopter.

Among those present was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah.

The burial ceremony for the departed took place at Kg Pulaie Cemetery after the mass Jenazah prayers.

Fourteen members of the RBAF were involved in accident, from which only two survived.

--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Brunei Stands United In Face Of Tragedy .

Bandar Seri Begawan - The nation stood united yesterday as they mourned the tragic loss of 12 Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel who lost their lives after the Bell 212 helicopter they were in crashed in a remote area of the Belait District Friday afternoon.

"In the early morning hours of yesterday, the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) continued its search and rescue operation for the missing personnel involved in the Bell 212 crash.

"As of noon yesterday, all personnel involved in the crash had been accounted for, bringing the tally of fatalities to 12 with two survivors," the Ministry of Defence said in a press statement yesterday.

The ministry added that between Friday night and Saturday morning, all the victims had been transported to the Surau of the Bolkiah Garrison, in preparation for their burial, under the supervision of personnel from the RBAF Religious Department. Family, relatives, friends, as well as officers and personnel of the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, were also present to pray for the victims.

Meanwhile, the two survivors of the crash are currently being treated at the RIPAS Hospital and were currently in stable condition.

Yesterday, thousands gathered at Muslim cemeteries in several locations, including the Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Muslim Cemetery and Rangas Muslim Cemetery near the RIPAS Hospital, to pay their final respects.

The mood and atmosphere were sombre as tahlils for the departed and verses of al-Quran were read at the cemeteries, where grieving family members broke down in tears.

Rezona binti Hj Tajuddin, the wife of the late Lt (U) Pg Arif Iskandar bin Pg Hj Shabuddin, the pilot of the helicopter, told the Bulletin that she could not believe at first what she was hearing when news first broke out around 7pm on Friday night.

"I was informed about the ill-fated mishap by the army personnel. But I wanted to see it for myself with my own eyes to get the truth," she said, as she held her only child - an 18-month-old girl - at the cemetery.

The father-in-law of the late Lt (U) Pg Arif Iskandar - Hj Tajuddin bin Amit - said they were informed about the incident around 7pm on Friday and were told to go directly to the Rimba Air Base. The body of the deceased was then escorted to the Bokiah Garrison Surau to undergo prayer rituals.

Meanwhile, another burial ceremony was held yesterday morning at Rangas Muslim Cemetery for the late S/Sgt (U) Mohd Amin bin Awg Mahmud.

Siti Salmah binti Hj Murni, the adoptive mother of the late S/Sgt (U) Mohd Amin bin Awg Mahmud told the Bulletin that she last saw the deceased on Sunday.

"I received a call from my in-laws after prayer on Friday informing me about the helicopter crash. I pray to Allah the Almighty for the deceased to be placed amongst the pious. The late S/Sgt (U) Mohd Amin left behind a wife and six children.

The Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Major General Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin was also present at the burials at the Jame' 'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah and Rangas Muslim cemeteries.

--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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Supporting Nations For Force Integration Phase of ADMM Plus Ex Arriving in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sunday 9 June 2013 - More military troops and equipment are arriving in the country in support of the inaugural multi-national live military exercise, dubbed as ADMM Plus HADR & MM Exercise, which is expected to see participation from ASEAN members countries and its eight dialogue partners.

Yesterday, Singapore’s RSS ENDURANCE Class LSTs arrived and docked at the Royal Brunei Naval Jetty. The ship was unloading exercise support equipment such as heavy vehicles and personnel. This morning, the equipment has been transported to the exercise site in Bangar, Temburong District using two of Singapore’s Fast Craft Utility and two Royal Brunei Navy’s Landing Craft.

This morning, IL-76 aircraft from People’s Republic of China has also landed at the Royal Brunei Air Force, Rimba Air Base. The IL-76 comprises 15 crew members and 34 passengers. The aircraft is transporting HADR medical equipment.

Concurrently, the Philippines’ aircraft C-130 has also arrived this morning. The C-130 comprises 11 crew members, 17 passengers, and carrying HADR equipment such as one Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) with trailers, two outboard motors and an alternative inflatable boat.

The current tally for participating countries already in Brunei Darussalam include People’s Republic of China, Japan, Republic of Philippines, Republic of Singapore, Malaysia and Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Throughout next week, arrivals of other supporting nations are expected via air and sea.

HADR & MM EX Background
ADMM PLUS HADR & MM EX

Introduction

At the 9th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM) held on 30 March 12, the delegates agreed that Singapore and Brunei will co-host the 2nd ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise (AHX) in Brunei in 2013.

The ASEAN Defence Senior Officials' Meeting (ADSOM) and ADSOM-Plus, held on 24-26 April 12, supported the conduct of a ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus HADR & Military Medicine (MM) Exercise by building on the success of the inaugural AHX as well as the successes of the five ADMM-Plus Experts' Working Groups.

At this instance, EWG HADR co-chaired by People’s Republic of China and Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and EWG MM co-chaired by Republic of Singapore and Japan. This proposal was further supported by the 6th ADMM in May 12. The ADMM-Plus HADR & MM Exercise will be held in Brunei from 16 to 20 June 2013.


Participating Countries

The participating countries are ASEAN Plus countries, they are;
Australia,
Brunei Darussalam,
Cambodia,
China,
India,
Indonesia,
Japan,
South Korea,
Myanmar,
Malaysia,
Laos,
New Zealand,
Philippines,
Russia,
Singapore,
Thailand,
United States of America
Vietnam


Exercise Concepts

•Natural disaster scenario-based affecting a fictitious state.
•Focusing more on Military-to-Military cooperation.
•Activities concentrated upon search and rescue, military medicine, engineer tasks and delivery and distribution of aid/supply (land, sea and air).
•To enhance interoperability and understanding through cooperation and contribution of military assets and personnel from ADMM-Plus nations.
•To exercise a Joint HADR operation incorporating the Military Medicine in a multi-national environment.

Exercise Objectives

•To enhance and increase military practical cooperation to the next level by bringing together the ADMM-Plus countries in a joint exercise;
•To build upon ASEAN experiences from the ASEAN Militaries’ HADR Exercise and draw upon the successes of the five ADMM Plus Experts’ Working Groups (EWG) and;
•To enhance military-to-military interoperability, co-ordination and cooperation amongst participating countries in a HADR scenario incorporating military medicine.


Arrival of the Philippines’ aircraft C-130 at the Royal Brunei Air Force, Rimba Air Base

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Troops from the People’s Republic of China unloading medical equipment from the IL-76 aircraft

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Singapore’s RSS ENDURANCE arrived at the Royal Brunei Navy jetty.

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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PRC hopeful to improve capability in non-war operations through ADMM-Plus HADR & MM Ex
13 June 2013 Thursday

Senior Colonel Wu Xihua, the Deputy Chief of the Emergency Office, General Staff HQs, PLA, China.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Thursday 13 June 2013 - This morning an exclusive interview was held with the Deputy Head of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Contingent for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise (HADR & MM Ex), Senior Colonel Wu Xihua, the Deputy Chief of the Emergency Office, General Staff HQs, PLA.

In the interview, Senior Colonel Wu Xihua confirmed that in supporting the ADMM Plus multinational exercise, the PRC contingent has sent 110 personnel that are grouped into various teams, namely, 50-person engineering team, a 35-person medical team, and 25 command and staff officers. The Senior Colonel also confirmed that the list of equipment contributed by PRC includes mechanized bridge vehicles, medical cabin vehicles, other large engineering and medical equipment. Other special equipment includes water purification, lifesaving and epidemic prevention units.

In addition to this, Senior Colonel Wu Xinhua also stated that the PLA Navy’s large hospital ship “PEACE ARK” will also participate in the exercise during a port call to Brunei Darussalam, which is expected to arrive on 15 June 2013.

During the interview, Senior Colonel Wu Xinhua also praised the tremendous effort made by the host nation, Brunei Darussalam, into organizing this multi-national joint exercise and commended on the professionalism and dedication of the host. Senior Colonel Wu Xinhua also took the opportunity to express PRC appreciation and congratulation to the host.

Senior Colonel Wu Xinhua also highlighted that PRC has been engaged in the whole preparation process for the multinational exercise and assured that PRC will continue to provide support to Brunei Darussalam. In addition to this, he stated that PRC has also cooperated closely and forged a very good working relationship with other participants in the exercise.

He also stated that to be part of this joint exercise it demonstrates PRC active participation in regional security cooperation. He also stated that PRC remain hopeful in improving China’s capability in non-war operations through this HADR & MM exercise, and at the same time to promote pragmatic cooperation between PRC and other member countries of the ADMM Plus mechanism, so as to enhance their joint capability in meeting non-traditional security challenges.

http://www.mindef.gov.bn/MOD2/index.php?op...:news&Itemid=92

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“In most disasters, most countries will actually deploy on their own and work on their own,” said Royal Brunei Armed Forces Lt. Col. Dr. Mohd Hafizul Hassan, who is the chief medical officer for RBAF. “What we are trying to do at the moment is to try to get countries to work together to provide services to the needed nation who are facing the disaster.”

“There have been tremendous planning efforts going into this exercise,” said U.S. Army Col. Steven Toft, the senior U.S. medical representative and deputy command surgeon for USPACOM. According to Toft, the exercise took more than three years to plan and is the first of its kind, integrating multilateral training and engagements with the ASEAN-Plus countries.

The need for the training came about due largely in part to the frequency of natural disasters that occur in the region. Analysts say the Asia-Pacific is the world’s disaster hotspot, with someone in the region 25 times more likely to be affected by a natural disaster than someone in Europe or North America, according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

ADMM_FIT preparations under way - YouTube

The exercise is conducted under the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting - Plus grouping, which involves the 10 ASEAN countries, along with the "Plus" countries Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. For pictures and more details see also this Borneo Bulletin report. On 12 June 2013, the HADR and MM exercise participants were trained at the Multinational Coordination Centre (MNCC) on the use of the system called Opera.
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Opera is a web-based computer application designed for use in Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations as a Command and Control Information System (CCIS). A CCIS enables data communication and information sharing between operation centre and unit deployed to the incident area. It can be used for military operations, civil-military collaboration, multi-agency and multinational deployment. All you need is an user account and a connection to the internet to utilize the web-based application.
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The Opera system is developed for the SAF, and has been in use for several HADR deployments previously. The Opera system:

a. provides a Common Operational Picture (COP) so as to maintain situational awareness of the troops/units deployed to the incident area. It can use the google earth or any other map template to indicate the location of each unit.
b. provides planning tools (to assign assets, allocate manpower, divide areas of responsibility and so on)
c. provides collaboration tools like email and a chat function;
d. contains a knowledge repository (where manuals or SOPs can be load into the system for easy access);
e. provides access to news and events, this information can be up loaded into the system for planning;
f. contains a contact list; and
g. provides the weather forecast.

The Opera system allows for a COP at the MNCC during the conduct of exercise.

13 Jun 2013 -- The SAF will be participating in the ADMM-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) / Military Medicine (MM) Exercise in Brunei from 17 to 20 June 2013. Leading up to the exercise, all participating countries are presently involved in a Force Integration Training phase from 10 to 16 June 2013 which will involve symposiums, professional exchanges, area orientation, task familiarisation and cohesion activities.
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The SAF will be participating with 340 personnel, RSS Endurance, four Super Puma helicopters as well as military medical and combat engineer assets. The SAF contingent is led by Director Joint Operations Brigadier-General (BG) Ngien Hoon Ping. BG Ngien expressed confidence that the ADMM-Plus HADR/MM Exercise will enhance inter-operability between the ADMM-Plus militaries in a HADR scenario. "The SAF is looking forward to contribute to the exercise in a meaningful way. The exercise will also foster confidence and enhance military-to-military relations across all levels," said BG Ngien.
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Chief of the Singapore Armed Forces Medical Corps Colonel Kang Wee Lee giving a welcome speech at a medical symposium. The symposium is part of the ADMM-Plus HADR/MM Exercise.

“We have worked very closely with our host and partner nations to prepare for this exercise,” said SAF Col. (Dr.) Kang Wee Lee. “Our aim is to familiarize each other with our procedures and to establish a common operating language so that when we translate into operations we will work together smoothly. While most of us are doctors, nurses and medics, there are still differences in the way we execute. This training exercise is the culmination of a three-year work-up plan to bring all of the military medicine establishments from all the member countries together to train. The importance of what we are doing during this exercise is crucial to saving lives in this region, as it is most prone to natural disasters.”

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Participants from Japan (left) and Vietnam conversing during the symposium.

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(Foreground) Medical personnel from the Thai army at the symposium.

ASEAN and non-ASEAN members will work together on a simulated disaster relief effort. The focus will be on a post-tropical revolving storm (TRS) typhoon rescue, survey, recovery and disaster relief in the vicinity of the District of Temburong, as well as other locations in Bandar Seri Begawan, Muara Naval Base and Rimba Air Force Base. “The reality of the Pacific region for those who live here is that you are more likely to experience a disaster, said US Marine Col. Douglas Pasnik, the US military exercise officer in charge. “In this exercise, there is going to be a simulated typhoon that rolls through the area. A multinational force will come together and provide assistance in things that accompany a disaster of that sort including flooding and lack of water.” The multinational force includes participants from the ASEAN-comprised nations of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam; and other Asia-Pacific nations of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and the US. For more information on this exercise, see this US link.

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(From left) Participants from Brunei, Malaysia, United States and China taking a group photo during field training for medical teams.

"The ASEAN HA/DR and military medicine exercise is an excellent opportunity to develop effective solutions to common security challenges, advance military-to-military relationships, and build upon international partner relationships while exercising the diverse capabilities of U.S. forces,” said US Marine Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, the commanding general of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. “This exercise portion also marks the first time China and the (U.S. Marine Corps) will conduct combined training in humanitarian assistance and military medicine."

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Medical troops from different countries gathering for a group photo.

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The ADMM-Plus HADR Exercise will be held back-to-back, with the ADMM-Plus MM Exercise slated for 16 June 2013. Both exercises are the major deliverables during the Brunei ADMM and ADMM-Plus Chairmanship, this year (with Myanmar and Malaysia taking the rotating role of Chairman in 2014 and 2015, respectively). The military-to-military cooperation exercise is designed to formulate and develop a common set of Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs). Its objective is to elevate military practical cooperation from ASEAN level to ASEAN Plus level, and build upon militaries' experiences of previous exercises apart from enhancing military-to-military interoperability, coordination and cooperation amongst the participating countries.

The multi-national field exercise is expected to take place at the Naval Base in Muara, Rimba Air Base and Kampung Mentiri in Brunei-Muara District, and at the Bangar Community Hall, Kg Biang and Selangan Primary School in Temburong. This two-storey building spanning 1,700 sq m (or the size of a small community club) was built specially by the Bruneians for the ADMM-Plus HADR/MM Exercise, the Multi-National Coordination Centre (MNCC), near the Muara Naval Base, has 23 rooms and can hold about 280 people. You will find within a command centre, a briefing theatre and 7 conference rooms. For more pictures of this fantastic purpose built facility, see here.
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A number of mini-exercises have been conducted at various sites, specifically the MNCC and the Navy Coordination Centre (NCC) in Muara, Air Coordination Centre (ACC) at Rimba and Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) at Bangar; as part of the Force Integration Training (FIT) program. The main objective of the exercise is to ensure the full utilisation of all the countries involved and practice on how they would deploy their troops based on scenarios that is specially created by the MNCC.

Below, participants receiving a briefing before a mini-exercise as part of the ADMM-Plus HADR/MM Exercise.
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The MNCC is the central figure of the mini-exercise as it is where the scenarios are created and planned. The MNCC is linked with the NCC, ACC and ICC. These centres coordinate on the scenarios and will react accordingly to the problems given. The mini-exercises are an integral part of FIT as it tests the internal communication levels within the MNCC itself, their tactical command, their communication level with other countries and current processes in handling scenarios and solutions.

Below a picture of a multi-national planning cell at work in 1 of 7 conference rooms.
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The ADMM-Plus HADR/MM Exercise is jointly led by Brunei as the host country of the exercise, Singapore and Japan as the co-chairs of the ADMM-Plus Experts' Working Group on Military Medicine (EWG-MM) and Vietnam and China as the co-chairs of the ADMM-Plus Experts' Working Group on HADR (EWG-HADR). This exercise will involve approximately 1,800 personnel, seven ships, 18 helicopters, military medical, engineering and search and rescue teams from the ADMM-Plus countries. For a breakdown of number of troops and equipment deployed, see this chart for details.

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Below, a picture of airmen of the Air Working Group in a meeting to work out final co-ordination details.
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ASEAN Plus come together for helicopter familiarisation - YouTube

Below, RSAF airmen briefing Indian exercise participants on the process of a medical evacuation drill using a Super Puma.
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Below, RSAF airmen and PLA staff pose for a group picture in a Super Puma, after briefing Chinese exercise participants on the process of a medical evacuation drill.
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Below, participants from the Royal Malaysian Air Force and PLA taking part in a heli-casualty evacuation drill.
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Below, an air crew from the Royal Brunei Air Force showing participants how to evacuate casualties.
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Below, participants of the Air Working Group practising fast-roping from a helicopter to perform a search and rescue exercise.
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Below, the SAF medical team taking a group photo in front of a S-61 Nuri Helicopter of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
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Below, US and China medical teams in a group photo.
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More pictures of the Medical Working Group at the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) - Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Military Medicine (MM) Exercise, here and here. Medical personnel from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus eight other dialogue countries came together for a military medicine symposium during force integration training June 12 in Berakas, Brunei, as part of the ADMM-Plus HADR and MM Exercise. The focus of the symposium is to familiarize the different nationalities of standard medical procedures and best practices in disaster relief operations.

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Multinational Engineers Working Group in Brunei

The Engineers Working Group at the ADMM - Plus HADR and MM Exercise in Brunei.

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Engineers from the military forces of Brunei, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam meeting in Kampong Mentiri, Brunei, to discuss their roles during the exercise. Among other things, the soldiers will be building bridges across “flooded” areas, clearing debris, and building modular kits as temporary shelters.

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Engineers from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Thai Armed Forces and the SAF recceing a site in Kampong Mentiri, Brunei, where they will be deployed during the exercise.

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Above and below, Engineers from the Brunei and Singapore building a modular kit to serve as medical treatment room during the exercise.
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The completed frame of the modular kit.

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The exterior of the completed modular kit, located in Selangan Primary School. After the exercise, the kit will be used as a classroom.

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Engineers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) extending a bridge across a river in Kampong Biang, Brunei, so as to reach survivors stranded in a simulated flood.

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Engineers from the PLA extending a bridge across a river in Kampong Biang, Brunei, so as to reach survivors stranded in a simulated flood.

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Engineers from the Brunei and Singapore briefing a VIP entourage from the Brunei Ministry of Defence on the scale and progress of work in Kampong Selangan. The purpose of these site visits was to ensure the exercise planners are on track and the exercise participants on track.

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  Posted: Jun 17 2013, 12:59 PM


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Cross Training At Biang, Brunei
16 June 2013 Sunday


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sunday 16 June 2013 – The preparations for the upcoming HADR exercise are going at full swing with cross-training conducted at Kampong Biang in Temburong District. The cross-training encompasses land-based, water-borne and medical trainings. The main objective of this cross-training is to familiarise the teams with the area and to ensure the full integration of procedures and tactics.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) teams conducted water-borne and river navigation whereas Thailand underwent land-based and medical search and rescue. While the Engineering team were preparing bridge sites. The cross-training exercise utilises and integrates all three tri-service assets in order ensure the exercise runs smoothly.

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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  Posted: Jun 18 2013, 02:33 PM


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Opening Ceremony of ADMM Plus HADR & MM Ex
17 June 2013 Monday

MUARA, Monday 17 June 2013 – The opening ceremony of the inaugural ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise (ADMM PLUS HADR & MM Ex) HADR & MM Ex was held today at Multi National Coordination Centre (MNCC) which marks the official start of the exercise.

The opening ceremony was officiated by Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Present to witness the officiating ceremony were the senior officials and personnel from all the participating countries.

During the opening ceremony, the Commander of RBAF activated the button which showcased a video montage that included a brief history of ADMM and ADMM- Plus, the arrival of the troops, exercise preparation and Force Integration Training (FIT). The ceremony concluded with a group photo session.

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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  Posted: Jun 18 2013, 02:35 PM


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Typhoon `Simpur' Causes A Nation-Wide Disaster
17 June 2013 Monday

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Monday 17 June 2013 – A Tropical Revolving Storm (TRS) Typhoon “SIMPUR”, which was reported to be 100km North East of Brunei Darussalam heading West-South-West, moving at 110km/h. The wind speed was reported to have strengthened to 135km/h. As a result, Brunei Darussalam was battered and life came to a standstill by weeks of heavy rainfall. The worst hit area was TEMBURONG District, which had a recorded 50mm of rainfall in an hour. The storm had caused flash floods and mudslides throughout the country. Most areas affected are remote villages and populated areas located near major rivers.

Local Emergency Response Aid Team (ERAT) in all districts managed to conduct surveys onto the affected areas. The aftermath of Typhoon “SIMPUR” left vast population stranded and displaced, large numbers of death and missing reported, lines of communication disrupted (flooded roads and collapsed bridges), loss of power, food shortages and clean water in affected areas, isolated areas due to communication loss, large numbers of dead livestock leading to an imminent spread of diseases, damaged infrastructures particularly in remote areas emanating from strong winds and mudslides.

Local ERAT cannot cope with the magnitude of the disaster. Brunei Darussalam’s National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) had requested support from neighbouring countries and International Bodies through ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre). This is the broad exercise storyboard for the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine (HADR & MM) Exercise that is currently taking place in Brunei Darussalam commencing 17 June until 20 June 2013.

For the start of the exercise, the theme for today’s scenario is initiation of incidents and establishment of Needs Assessment Surveillance Team (NAST) and initial response. Early this morning, the breaking news reported two separate incidents at Kampong Biang and Kampung Mentiri. At Kampung Biang, the river had burst due to heavy rainfall and the village has been flooded, preventing all access into the village except via air. Number of casualties at the site remains unknown with many villagers believed to be trapped in their flooded houses and huts.

Meanwhile, at Kampung Mentiri, the news reported that a building had collapsed in the area due to soil erosion. The number of civilians injured and trapped under the rubbles remained unknown, and access to the site is impossible due to damage axes.

Assistance request has been forwarded to Multi-National Coordination Centre (MNCC) for immediate response. This was the first tasked given to the MNCC, prompting it to urgently assess the situation, plan and execute their response. The expected deployment of participating countries for this exercise scenario are in the form of search and rescue, helicopter support and evacuation, medical assistance, as well as humanitarian aids and supplies. All the decision making process and initial responses made by MNCC will be monitored and scrutinized closely by the Exercise Controller (EXCON).

This is the first day of the ADMM-Plus multinational joint exercise. More HADR and medical tasking will be injected in the next three days. Members of the public residing in the vicinity of the exercise sites are advised not be alarmed by the influx of local and foreign military personnel as well as the movement of military vehicle convoys and air or naval assets. The Ministry of Defence also advises members of the public to refrain from entering the exercise sites for safety and security reasons. The Ministry of Defence also assures that inconveniences to the public will be minimized and controlled. In this respect, the Ministry of Defence seeks the continued support and understanding of local residents in ensuring the successful conduct of this inaugural multi-national field exercise.

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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  Posted: Jun 18 2013, 02:36 PM


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Participants Share Their Thoughts On Exercise
17 June 2013 Monday

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BANDAR SERI BEGWAN, Monday 17 June 2013 - Participating soldiers in the ADMM Plus HADR & MM Ex shared their thoughts with interviewers from the Ministry of Defence (MinDef) on how the preparations have gone for the exercise, and how they felt going into the exercise itself.

Brigadier General Ngien Hoon Ping, Singapore Armed Forces said "The SAF is looking forward to contribute to the exercise in a meaningful way. The exercise will also foster confidence and enhance military-to-military relations across all levels."

Senior Colonel Zhao Bao from China's Peoples' Liberation Army shared that the preparations have gone very well, and that the Chinese team has been working with armed forces soldiers from Malaysia and New Zealand to set up bridges. He said that he has learned from this exercise that, "Asean countries are keen to promote their capabilities and the countries have a strong relationship with the other Asean-Plus countries and can work together in a good environment". "This is what I have learned, that the people here like to work together," he added.

Colonel Carlos B Cepe, Defence Attache from the Philippines was also interviewed, and said, "The challenges among the participants would be the differences and the doctrine - the practices of the different' armed forces. "It is nice that everyone comes together, and the most important thing is learning from each other ... especially in conducting operations which are non-military in nature." The important thing he has learned from what he has seen so far is the importance of early planning, which was conducted in preparation for this exercise.

Mr Pattamatta from India is another who shared his thoughts, and said, "India as a nation is ever ready to take on these challenges, as HADR is such an effort which requires all nations to come together and make an effort, which is going to be a multi-national cooperation; a necessity for the future. "This is going to be the platform where we all can link up with each other, coordinate and ever offering SOP ready," he continued. He highlighted that India has come with a contingent that consists of one ship, and has also brought a sea-king helicopter as well as a medical team of 20 personnel. "We are all here to contribute our effort towards the ADMM exercise and assets will be integrated with the multi-national causes for a successful HADR," he added.

Colonel Sunsuripto from the Indonesian army also spoke, saying that he has seen a lot of work go into the arranging and managing of all the participants for this exercise. "So far Brunei as the host, they are running this programme or exercise very smoothly and very good," he said, congratulating the Sultanate for the successful way in which everything has been run for this huge exercise. "I hope, for the future, all countries can contribute more, especially Indonesia because at the moment we have only contributed a planning team, a search and rescue team and lastly a medical team," he added.

Major Ian Brandon from the New Zealand Defence Force said he feels "privileged" to have been invited to participate in this inaugural ADMM+ HADR & MM exercise hosted by Brunei Darussalam. "I congratulate the Royal Brunei Armed Forces for the outstanding job they have done in planning and coordinating a very complex joint multinational activity," he said. "HADR and MM are very important military outputs in our part of the world, and an effective response can be required at very short notice in order to save lives. "I have no doubt that this exercise will significantly enhance cooperation and our collective ability to respond to regional disasters in future, and look forward to continuing to share and develop our combined capabilities with the 17 other contributing nations as the activity progresses," Major Brandon added.

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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Posted: Jun 21 2013, 07:05 PM


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20 June 2013 - 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 Supreme Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Force (RBAF) consented to visit the exercise areas of the on-going ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise (ADMM PLUS HADR & MM Ex) both in Temburong District and Mentiri. The itinerary of His Majesty visit began at the Multi National Coordination Centre (MNCC).

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Above, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (in red beret) visiting an SAF medical facility in Selangan, Brunei.

Upon arrival at the Royal Brunei Naval Base helipad, His Majesty were greeted by the Minister of Energy, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Retired) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat and *Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

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Above, troops from the militaries of Brunei (in green), China (in grey) and US (in blue) evacuating a casualty from a collapsed building in Mentiri via an Indian Navy Sea King helicopter.

His Majesty was then presented with a welcoming remarks by the RBAF Commander, Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin at the conference room before listening to the exercise brief delivered by the Exercise Director, First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Abdul Aziz bin Haji Mohd Tamit, Joint Force Commander RBAF. The exercise brief included the role of MNCC, overview of the exercise which focused on the structure, sites and scenarios for the exercises as well as the practical sessions such as field communications, prioritising casualties (Triage) and Medical Simulation.

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Above, the rubble-strewn streets of Mentiri, a "disaster" site with collapsed houses.

After the exercise briefing, His Majesty toured the MNCC and had a closer look of the OPERA system. OPERA is a computer application that specifically designs for Human Assistance Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. It is a Command and Control Information System (CCIS) which function as a platform for data communication and information sharing between operation centre and unit deployed in the incident area. It can be used for military operation, civil military collaboration, multiagency and multinational deployment. The system has the ability to create better situational awareness to the MNCC during the conduct of exercise.

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Above, search and rescue troops and dogs from the Malaysian Armed Forces searching for casualties buried under the debris from collapsed houses in Mentiri.

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Above, a rescue team from the Indonesian and Philippine military saving a man stranded in a half-submerged house at Kampong Biang.

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Above, engineers from the PLA building a bridge across a river to deliver aid to stranded victims at flood-affected Kampong Biang.
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20 Jun 2013 -- The ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Military Medicine (MM) Exercise was successfully held in Brunei from 17 to 20 June 2013.

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State of emergency lifted. NGOs have arrived for recovery work; militaries will be departing.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei officiated at the closing ceremony held at the Muara Naval Base, together with the visiting Defence Chiefs (or their representatives) of the participating nations. This marked the successful conclusion of the four-day exercise involving the armed forces of the ADMM-Plus countries. The ADMM-Plus is made up of 18 countries, namely the ten ASEAN countries as well as Australia, China, Japan, India, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

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Troops at Multinational Coord Centre cheering the end of the exercise!

The ADMM-Plus HADR/MM Exercise saw the deployment of approximately 3200 personnel, seven ships, 15 helicopters as well as military medical, engineering and search and rescue teams and assets from the 18 nations in scenarios relating to collapsed buildings, landslide and flash flood. The multi-national forces exercised the evacuation of casualties and displaced personnel, as well as the delivery of aid to affected communities.

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A group photograph with his Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei.
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  Posted: Dec 12 2013, 05:31 PM


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2013 BRIDEX, Brunei Darussalam


RIMBA AIR BASE, Brunei -- Singapore Air Force crew members perform preflight operations checks on a F-15E Strike Eagle prior to performance flight at Rimba Air Base during the 4th biennial Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition, Dec. 4, 2013. BRIDEX 13 is an opportunity for networking and sharing technology with regional partners and allies which builds strong multilateral relationships, increases cooperation and enhances preparedness for disasters and other contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)


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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- A Singapore Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle deploys flares during the 4th biennial Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition, at the BRIDEX Exhibition Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Dec. 5, 2013. BRIDEX 13 is an opportunity for networking and sharing technology with regional partners and allies which builds strong multilateral relationships, increases cooperation and enhances preparedness for disasters and other contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- A Singapore Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle deploys flares during the 4th biennial Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition, at the BRIDEX Exhibition Center in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Dec. 5, 2013. BRIDEX 13 is an opportunity for networking and sharing technology with regional partners and allies which builds strong multilateral relationships, increases cooperation and enhances preparedness for disasters and other contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jerome S. Tayborn)

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Individual skill is another important factor, argues Professor Bernard Loo, a defence analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. “A half-past-six weapon in the hands of a skilled operator is better than a top-notch weapon in the hands of a half-trained monkey,” he says.
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Very interesting.... RSAF F-15 releasing flares In Bridex whereas our own jets can't even do that on home soil (read SIngapore Airshow etc). I remembered the argument that 'safety' was the main consideration why the authorities here restrict the air display is done OVER water, but ....

Anyway saw on YouTube that the Osprey is being displayed there, so hopefully the Osprey will be seen here in SA 2014.


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Strange, the tanks are being removed here.
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