His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Minister of Defence and Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, together with His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein, the King of Jordan and Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces yesterday afternoon attended the Annual Flag Parade which was held at Al-Rayah Parade Ground, Royal Hashemite Court, Amman.
Accompanying His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen.
Upon entering the grounds of Al Rayah, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Majesty the King of Jordan were accompanied by the Red Motorcade and the Royal Cavalry Unit as well as a twenty-one gun salute were fired.
Their Majesties were then invited to a Royal Dais to receive the Royal Salute, followed by the national anthems of Brunei Darussalam and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
This was followed with musical performances featuring local heritage and international contemporary music by the Jordan Armed Forces Music Band.
During the ceremony, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam was given the honour of presenting the Great Arab Revolt Flag by His Majesty the King of Jordan to the 9th Prince Mohammad Mechanised Batallion, who will carry the flag for one year after it was carried by the 39th Ja'afar bin Abi Talib Mechanised Batallion in 2017.
The ceremony also showcased a marching parade before the Royal Dais by the participating contingents. Among the contingents were the 9th Prince Mohammad Mechanised Batallion; the 39th Ja'afar bin Abi Talib Mechanised Batallion; dan Royal Artillery Platoon.
The Royal Camel and Cavalry Units also presented a joint performance in one segment inspired by the history of the Jordan Armed Forces. This was followed by an aerobatic display by two F16 jet fighters of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
The Flag Parade is an annual national military event inspired by military tradition since the establishment of the Emirate of Transjordan. The parade also symbolises the role of the Jordan Armed Forces, also known as Al-Jaisyul 'Arabi or the Arab Army as the guardians of the values of the Great Arab Revolt which constitute the backbone of independence and modernisation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Source: Radio Television Brunei