After 6 intense weeks of classes having only taken my camera to the Old Persons Home and The Royal Regalia class outings, yesterday’s trip to The Royal Brunei Armed Forces 48th Anniversary was my first public event in nearly two months … as a civilian armed only with the 5D MkII, EF100-400mm and EF70-200mm and restricted movements, I needed to get back to the swing of things  and there’s no better way of accomplishing this than being in the company of His Majesty Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah and HRH Prince General Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and General of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF).

Gavin and I left Lumut after 7 am and we arrived at the designated school with some spare time to catch the next available shuttle bus to RBAF base. Large crowds had gathered in acticipation of the celebration. Pictured below, parents keeping their little one entertained while waiting for the bus.


Brunei’s military might on full display | Public all praise for RBAF’s lively and colourful show

“Under the theme, “Strengthening Defence in Supporting the Mature Nation,” the scheduled events commenced with a grand parade, where 1,448 soldiers marched pass a crowd of cheering supporters. Military vehicles, such as tanks, motorcycles, amphibious assault vehicles also rumbled pass. Decked out in camouflage gear, the military personnel readily mingled with the public whom they have sworn to protect and safeguard.” — The Brunei Times

“THE public was full of praise for the displays and lively and colourful demonstrations put up by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) to mark its 48th anniversary at the Royal Brunei Air Force Base in Rimba yesterday. Visitors to the event were treated enthusiastically to a dynamic display of a mock terrorist bus attack, colourful parachute jumps, exciting combat helicopter sequences and a vehicle parade just to name a few.” — The Brunei Times

“After the grand parade, His Majesty spent some time meeting RBAF personnel from the rank of corporal and below and the armed forces senior non-commissioned officers at a separate venue during a brief resting period. Subsequently His Majesty, who is well known for his passion for the military, also took the opportunity to tour RBAF’s capabilities and developments which were showcased in the static displays held in Hangar ‘A’ building of the RBAirF Air Base in Rimba.” — The Brunei Times

“Accompanied by the Royal Entourage, His Majesty took the opportunity to talk to military personnel and understand their scope of duties as well as view the various equipment on display. Among the static displays that caught His Majesty’s attention were the aircraft, jungle training, learning institutions, latest developments and new additions to the force.” — The Brunei Times



  1. nice shots Jan, cant say i have a favorite pic this time, as they all look splendid. i did admire the shots of the guns most though and one last thing, on the 4th image are those all female soldiers?


    1. Hahah thanks Ed for your support. Hope you didn’t wear your mouse out 😉

      It was great meeting so many people there including a member of BFF photography club who wished me good luck in my big exam! The show of support has touched me in ways I cannot express my appreciation completely. Thank you!

      It was also great catching up with YAM Pg Ak Khairul as talked about the one thing we have in common—the EOS 5D MkII. Attached to his 5D was a serious piece of prime glass 🙂


    1. Thanks Armie Hu!

      It’s incredible how many people turned up to show their support. I felt right at home shooting alongside the Penerangan photogs, journalists and a dozen other photographers.


  2. recognized the King at once because it was through Chun’s sharing before.

    love EF70-200mm dearly even though I often take with 17-55mm f2.8


    1. Tahniah Brunei.I have a lot of cousins in the Brunei forces.Being born in Brunei but raised in Malaysia is quite tough,But I did my due in Kesatria and held the rank of Komander Kanan Madya while in ITM.Strategic Management that entails theories of strategic commanders.To me, in time of peace, the Brunei forces could emplaced more time in being Time Managers in overlooking into its states of affairs.This will command better security in population awareness of the need to install sense of belongng and discipline and thus reducing burden on their security forces.In that, I suggest a Time Ball Management system that have the following characteristics:::.Predate upon predatation(That is predating laziness in oneself ), Neutralised by the act of the ethical( applying the concept of Amal Maaruf Nahi Mungkar),Built unknowingly in individual( through experienced) and Manage Time well(as it can work both ways).I wrote the above theory based on experineced and being a professional Chartered Management Institute Member of UK, I would like to contribute to my nation of Birth.Dirgahayu RBAF.Abdul Aziz Ali-Kuching, Sarawak-To Kol.Bakhtiar Dato Yahya-Be the firts Bruneian to Space.CMI(UK), MIM,SIM.2010.


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