MNCC, MUARA, Tuesday, 21 July 2020 – The Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) Exercise was held today at Multi-National Coordination Centre (MNCC), Muara. The Exercise was conducted from 21 July 2020 until 23 July 2020 by Virtual Tele-Conference (VTC) using Webex system, hosted by United States Navy (USN).
Both the opening and closing ceremony was officiated by Rear Admiral Joey Tynch, Commander of CTF 73. Amongst those present for the VTC session were officers from the Royal Brunei Land Force (RBLF), Royal Brunei Navy (RBN), Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF), Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) and personnel from other government agencies including Marine Police, Royal Brunei Police Force (POLMAR RBPF), Maritime Port Authority Brunei Darussalam (MPABD), Narcotic Control Bureau, Fisheries Department and National Maritime Coordination Centre (NMCC)
A total of twenty countries participated in this year's Exercise SEACAT namely Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United States of America and United Kingdom.
This year, Exercise SEACAT 2020 focused on the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Symposium with presentations from Bangladesh, France, India, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, The United States and Timor Leste. RBAF's involvement in Exercise SEACAT continues to be an important platform in strengthening defense diplomacy and military cooperation and it provides an opportunity to exchange information and views through the MDA symposium.