Australien — ADF joins regional security exercise

War­ships, com­bat air­craft, and sol­diers from the Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) will join the armed forces of Malaysia, New Zealand, Sin­ga­pore and the Unit­ed King­dom in a major mil­i­tary exer­cise focussed on enhanc­ing region­al secu­ri­ty.

Exer­cise BERSAMA SHIELD 2010 will be con­duct­ed under the aus­pices of the Five Pow­er Defence Arrange­ment (FPDA) in var­i­ous loca­tions on the Malaysian Penin­su­la and in the South Chi­na Sea between 26 April and 7 May 2010.

About 240 per­son­nel, 19 ships, 59 air­craft and var­i­ous sup­port ele­ments are involved in the exer­cise that will enhance the inter­op­er­abil­i­ty of the com­bined air, ground and naval forces of the FPDA coun­tries.

Chief of Joint Oper­a­tions Com­mand, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mark Evans, said the ADF will par­tic­i­pate in the exer­cise as one of the found­ing mem­bers of the FPDA, which was estab­lished almost 40 years ago as a region­al secu­ri­ty ini­tia­tive.

“The FPDA con­tin­ues to be an inte­gral part of the region­al secu­ri­ty archi­tec­ture because of its abil­i­ty to remain rel­e­vant to the needs of its mem­bers by adapt­ing to the chang­ing secu­ri­ty envi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Since the FPDA’s for­ma­tion, the scope of its activ­i­ties has expand­ed from air defence to the devel­op­ment of joint capa­bil­i­ties, which has helped to devel­op greater inter­op­er­abil­i­ty among the armed forces of mem­ber nations.”

Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Evans said BERSAMA SHIELD also pro­vides the ADF with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op rela­tion­ships with impor­tant secu­ri­ty part­ners while rein­forc­ing Australia’s long-term com­mit­ment to region­al sta­bil­i­ty.

The ADF assets involved in this exer­cise include HMA Ships Anzac and Suc­cess, eight F/A‑18 com­bat air­craft from 75 Squadron and an AP-3C Ori­on mar­itime patrol air­craft from 92 Squadron.

The Com­man­der of the ASC, Wing Com­man­der Ken­neth Robin­son, said BS10 would con­tin­ue to devel­op and val­i­date doc­trines and pro­ce­dures for inter­op­er­abil­i­ty among FPDA nations’ navies, armies and air forces in a com­bined, joint sce­nario.

BS10 is a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty not only for the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force but all the ADF assets and per­son­nel involved to enhance key skills in an inter­na­tion­al envi­ron­ment,” he said.

Aus­tralian Min­istry of Defence