HMAS Parramatta joined Royal Brunei Navy ships Darulehsan and Syafaat for shared training during a recent visit to Brunei.
CAPTION: HMAS Parramatta sails in company with Royal Brunei Navy ship KDB Darulehsan while conducting maritime manoeuvres. Story and photo by Leading Seaman Jarrod Mulvihill.
The three ships conducted a range of contactless training activities, including communication exercises, replenishment-at-sea approaches and maritime manoeuvres.
Commanding Officer Parramatta Commander Anita Nemarich said the chance to train with Brunei was a great success for both navies.
“The in-company training built upon the strong relationship between the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Brunei Navy,” Commander Nemarich said.
“It was wonderful to spend the day working alongside such professional units, and it provided excellent training opportunities for our crews.
“Australia and Brunei share a strong bilateral defence relationship and are like-minded regional partners. Events like this continue to build on those great connections.”
Parramatta officer-of-the-watch phase two trainee Sub-Lieutenant Jacqui Dendle said it was a valuable experience to work alongside the Royal Brunei Navy.
“Being able to put my training into action while conducting officer-of-the-watch manoeuvres was a great opportunity for me,” Sub-Lieutenant Dendle said.
“Working with the Royal Brunei Navy was a great experience and a highlight from my time on board Parramatta during this regional presence deployment.”
The officer of the watch is responsible for the navigation and running of the ship, taking charge while the commander is away from the bridge.
Parramatta is conducting a regional presence deployment with HMAS Ballarat. The two Anzac-class frigates are conducting a number of navy-to-navy engagements with partner nations across the region.