05/08/2022  His Royal Highness' Visit to Changi Naval Base



His Royal Highness Prince  Haji  Al- Muhtadee  Billah  ibni His Majesty Sultan  Haji  Hassanal  Bolkiah  Mu'izzaddin  Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday morning visited the  Changi Naval Base, Republic of Singapore Navy. The visit aims to further enhance defence cooperation as well as sharing of knowledge in the fields of maritime and regional security. Upon arrival at the Singapore Maritime Crisis Centre, SMCC, His Royal Highness was greeted by His Excellency Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Defence and Manpower; Rear Admiral Aaron Beng, Chief of Navy; and Rear Admiral Yong Wei Hsiung, Commander Maritime Security Taskforce. His Royal Highness was then briefed on "Whole of Government Maritime Security Concept" and "Singapore's Strategy for safeguarding Maritime Security", which among other things highlighted the importance of identifying early threats, by emphasising information sharing and closer inter-agency coordination.


His Royal Highness then boarded the RSS Sovereignty Littoral Mission Vessel, LMV, in which His Royal Highness was greeted by Senior Lieutenant Colonel Ricky Law, Commander of the Second Flotilla. This vessel is an asset of the Republic of Singapore Navy that is specially designed to meet operational requirements and uses the latest technology to enable the overall operational system run more efficiently.


At the RSS Sovereignty LMV, His Royal Highness was briefed on the vessel's background and Singapore's Maritime Security, MARSEC area of operations. This was followed with a visit to several parts on the vessel such as the Integrated Command Centre as well as witnessing deterrence operation demonstrations of the Whole of Government Approach involving the Police Coast Guard, PCG; the Singapore Civil Defence Force, SCDF; the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, MPA and the Republic of Singapore Navy, RSN.


Before concluding the visit, His Royal Highness was introduced to three officers from security agencies of the Government of Brunei Darussalam who are currently deployed in the Republic of Singapore.  One of the officers is part of the team of 20 International Liaison Officers from 18 countries at the Information Fusion Centre. At the Centre, the International Liaison Officers share information and best practices, contributing to Maritime Security overall.