On the first day of Their Royal Highnesses visit to Singapore Wednesday, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah went on separate programmes.
His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah began the day's itinerary by visiting the Headquarters of the Singapore Ministry of Defence. On arrival His Royal Highness was welcomed by the Defence Minister, Rear-Admiral Teo Chee Hean. Shortly after arrival, His Royal Highness consented to inspect the guard of honor mounted by forty eight personnel of the Singapore military police. At the headquarters, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince consented to sign the visitors' book.
His Royal Highness then consented to receive a call from the Singapore Defence Minister Rear-Admiral Teo Chee Hean. Also present was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Qawi. After the call, His Royal Highness consented to attend a series of briefings on Singapore's Defence Policy.
In the afternoon, His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah consented to visit the Changi Naval Base. On arrival His Royal Highness was greeted by Defence Minister Rear Admiral Teo Chee Hean, Chief of Singapore Navy, Rear Admiral Ronnie Tay, Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Ng Yat Chung and Fleet Commander Colonel Chew Men Leong.
Shortly after arrival, His Royal Highness consented to inspect the guard of honour mounted by 28 personnel of the Changi Defence Squadron. Before starting the visit, His Royal Highness Prince General Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah consented to attend a working luncheon hosted by the Minister of Defence.
The luncheon took place at the Fleet Command Centre, Changi Naval Base. During the visit, His Royal Highness also consented to sign the visitors book and receive a pesambah. After the luncheon, His Royal Highness heard a briefing on the history of the Singapore Navy and Changi Naval Base and toured the facilities and equipment at the Naval Base. His Royal Highness also consented to board the RSS Chieftain Submarine and Landing Ship Tank RSS Persistence.
(10th Mar 2005)