Improve ASEAN-Russia naval relations | Borneo Bulletin Online
The first-ever multilateral naval exercise between ASEAN and Russia ended on December 3 and strengthened naval cooperation between the two sides, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defense (MinDef).
ASEAN-Russia (ARNEX) Naval Exercise 2021 was conducted in Indonesian territorial waters off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia, involving eight ships, three helicopters and a maritime patrol aircraft from Russia and seven countries ASEAN members: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
ARNEX 2021 aimed to strengthen ASEAN-Russia relations and serves as an important platform for enhancing naval cooperation, building trust and promoting friendship at all levels.
The KDB Daruttaqwa, commanded by Commander Saiful Hazril bin Ali of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) with a crew of 58, participated in the exercise. The ship embarked on a 16-day deployment on November 25.
A farewell ceremony was held for the ship’s deployment in the presence of the RBN Commander, First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Spry bin Haji Serudi @Haji Seruji and members of the RBN Board of Directors to hand over donations to the community of Aceh. The ceremony ended with the recitation of Doa Selamat.
On November 29, KDB Daruttaqwa anchored off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia, in the Belawan Anchorage Area and virtually participated in the opening ceremony with all participating countries on December 1. .
The ceremony was also attended by the Commander of the Indonesian Navy‘s First Fleet, Rear Admiral Arsyad Abdullah, Russian Ambassador to ASEAN Alexander A Ivanov; Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyumila Vorobieva; Exercise Captain (Navy) Wawan Trisatya Atmaja Working Group (CTG) Commander of the Indonesian Navy and the countries’ defense and naval attachÃ©s.
The opening ceremony reaffirmed the objectives of ARNEX 2021 as a step forward in the development of ASEAN-Russia relations. An âadmiral’s inspectionâ was then conducted by Rear Admiral Abdullah aboard the KRI Lepu, joined by representatives of the countries participating in the exercise.
On December 2, the maritime phase of ARNEX 2021 began with exercises including communications, vessel handling, search and rescue, and helicopter deck landing. All exercises were conducted in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines and precautions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
In addition to KDB Daruttaqwa, the vessels involved were KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai of the Indonesian Navy, KD Lekiu of the Royal Malaysian Navy, UMS King Kyan Sit Tar of the Myanmar Navy, RSS Vigor of the Singapore Navy. , the HTMS Kraburi of the Royal Thai Navy, the Ly Thai To of the Vietnamese People’s Navy and the ADM Panteleyev of the Russian Navy.
The maritime phase has played its role as a platform in the development and strengthening of naval activities between ASEAN and Russia.
ARNEX 2021 ended with a farewell pass, and the captain of each ship made remarks to all units. The participating countries reaffirmed that they had successfully achieved the objectives of ARNEX and had acquired a high training value while building confidence among the participating navies.
KDB Daruttaqwa conducted a pass exercise with RSS Vigouras, the two ships headed to their respective home ports, focusing on maneuver and communication exercises.
The deployment also gave RBN the opportunity to donate to local institutions in Aceh through KDB Daruttaqwa while stopping over at Belawan in Medan, Indonesia.
Yesterday, KDB Daruttaqwa returned to Muara Naval Base and will undergo quarantine and PCR testing as additional precautionary measures against COVID-19 in accordance with Ministry of Health regulations.
“The ability to participate in and conduct this multilateral exercise in a COVID-19 affected environment shows the resilience of each nation’s navy and demonstrates their ability to adapt to a new standard required to continue and improve defense and naval diplomacy. “said MinDef. .