The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) marked another significant event with the commissioning of a new Fast Interceptor Boat (FIB 25-012) named KDB MUSTAED. The commissioning was inaugurated by First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Haji Abdul Halim bin Haji Mohd Hanifah, Commander RBN who was also the Guest of Honor during the ceremony at the RBN jetty.
The ceremony was initiated with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah led by the Operations Officer from JAMAAT ABDB, Lt Md. Hishammuddin bin Hj Marzoki.
KDB MUSTAED has a dimension of 27.2 meters in length and 6.2 meters in breadth. The boat was constructed using Aluminium alloy by Marinteknik Shipbuilders based in Republic of Singapore. It is propelled with the Waterjet system, capable of proceeding at a speed of more than 40 knots. The boat has a full complement of 15 crew members, consisting of 3 officers and 12 other ranks. KDB MUSTAED can sustain at sea and is capable of operating in coastal areas and rivers with low water tide levels.
Do’a was cited by the Operations Officer of JAMAAT ABDB on completion of the commissioning ceremony. The climax of the event was the photo taking session with the officers and crew of KDB MUSTAED. Also present to witness the ceremony were Deputy Commanders of Unit Forces, Military and Civilian Directors of the Ministry of Defence, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
The Fast Interceptor Boat KDB MUSTAED is yet another improvement in Force Capabilities for the RBN, in shouldering the roles and responsibilities towards protecting the Nation’s Maritime Sovereignty, in conjunction with the Defence Whitepaper Updated. MUSTAED means Ever Ready. In the military context means Ever Ready in Facing Any Challenges that may come.
Naval Today Staff , November 28, 2011; Image: mindef