Soldiers from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) charged across Penanjong Beach during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2022.
CAPTION: Soldiers from the ADF and Royal Brunei Armed Forces come to shore during a joint military exercise. Story by Flying Officer Brent Moloney. Photo by Leading Seaman Jarryd Capper.
Travelling together in Zodiac and Gemini small-boats launched off the coast of Brunei, the integrated teams demonstrated an amphibious assault on a ‘known enemy position’ to ‘destroy’ a high-value target.
CAPTION: Soldiers from both forces come to shore during the exercise. Photo by Leading Seaman Jarryd Capper.
One of the Australian Army platoon commanders, Lieutenant Jack Carroll, spent the following few days in the Brunei jungle with his team, where the ADF personnel participated in navigation training led by the RBAF.
“We integrated together quickly from the start and the more time we had throughout the jungle training phase the more we realised our similarities and how much we all had in common,” Lieutenant Carroll said.
“Although slightly different in some areas, we realised that our procedures are interoperable. They can be easily adapted so we can work with one another on a range of mission sets.”
The ADF and RBAF also built important new professional relationships.
“The RBAF guys were younger than my platoon, for the most part. This afforded us a great mentoring opportunity, particularly during the amphibious phase,” Lieutenant Carroll said.
“But they repaid that tenfold when we hit the jungle for the navigation phase. That was when we really benefited from their well-honed skills and experience in the jungle.”
Towards the end of the exercise, ADF soldiers spent time with their RBAF colleagues in a more relaxed social setting.
“The RBAF organised a tour to local food markets as well as the Capital [Bandar Seri Begawan], finishing up at Maura beach, where the Brunei-Australia WW2 memorial is located,” Lieutenant Carroll said.
“This was the perfect farewell after building such a strong connection between our teams. The RBAF were outstanding hosts and we got along so well across all ranks.”
This was the fourth year the ADF had visited Brunei during Indo-Pacific Endeavour. Brunei is a staple participant in Australia’s flagship regional engagement activity, which hopes to bring greater security, inclusivity and prosperity to the region.
CAPTION: ADF soldiers return to HMAS Anzac following the joint training exercise. Photo by Leading Seaman Jarryd Capper.