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Cablegate: Bravo Zulu for Dv Flyout to Uss Nimitz

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FM AMEMBASSY BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
TO RULYMTZ/USS NIMITZ AUG RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3902
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RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI
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UNCLAS BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN 000230

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DEPARTMENT FOR EAP/MTS
SINGAPORE FOR DATT

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TAGS: MARR OVIP PREL EPET BX
SUBJECT: BRAVO ZULU FOR DV FLYOUT TO USS NIMITZ

1. (U) BRAVO ZULU to the USS Nimitz for outstanding support
for a DV flyout by the Minister of Energy of Brunei, Pehin
Yahya Bakar on August 2. Pehin Yahya, the Commander of the
Royal Brunei Air Force and acting CHOD Pehin General Mahmud
Saidin, the Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister's
Office responsible for security policy Datin Salbiah
Sulaiman, and other DVs from the military, security services,
and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade all saw the
expertise, precision, and teamwork of the United States Navy
and Marine Corps at their best. From the briefings to the
observation of flight operations to the tasty, halal food
served to our Muslim guests, CSG-11 Commander Rear Admiral
John Blake, USS NIMITZ Captain Michael Manazir and their
teams were top notch.

2. (SBU) Pehin Yahya is also the Chairman of the companies
that own Brunei's eight LNG carriers that carry LNG to U.S.
allies Japan and South Korea. Japanese officials tell us
that one in five lightbulbs in Tokyo is lit by Brunei LNG.
Yahya told us that he was impressed with capabilities of the
NIMITZ and the professionalism of her crew. The NIMITZ work
at keeping the sea lanes open is critical to Brunei, which
derives 90 percent of its export earnings from oil and gas.
General Mahmud, himself a pilot, admired the skills and
attention to safety on display during the air operations.
Datin Salbiah, a key player on the Sultan of Brunei's staff
who came back early from vacation to join the flyout said
that she was in awe of U.S. capabilities that she observed on
this "once in a lifetime" experience.

3. (U) Thank you for the extra effort involved to create a
memorable experience for our DVs. From the team at Embassy
Bandar Seri Begawan, we wish the USS NIMITZ fair winds and
following seas, and a safe return home.
SKODON

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