Australien — ADF to take part in major regional security exercise

Aus­tralian Army per­son­nel will join Roy­al Aus­tralian Navy (RAN) and Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF) per­son­nel for a major mil­i­tary exer­cise con­duct­ed off Malaysia start­ing today.

Exer­cise Bersama Padu 2010 (BP10), which means “togeth­er unit­ed” in Bahasa Malaysia, is a three-week exer­cise designed to enhance region­al secu­ri­ty in the area. 

This is the first time an Army pla­toon has par­tic­i­pat­ed in the exer­cise, which will also involve armed forces from Malaysia, New Zealand, Sin­ga­pore and the Unit­ed Kingdom. 

The exer­cise, which is part of the Five Pow­er Defence Arrange­ment (FPDA), will take place at var­i­ous loca­tions across the Malaysian Penin­su­la as well as the South Chi­na Sea. 

Chief of Joint Oper­a­tions, Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Mark Evans, said the FPDA coun­tries shared a com­mon inter­est in the secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty of the region, and the exer­cise would enhance the inter­op­er­abil­i­ty of the com­bined air, ground and naval forces of mem­ber nations. 

“The FPDA was estab­lished 39 years ago and con­tin­ues to be an inte­gral part of the region­al secu­ri­ty archi­tec­ture because of its abil­i­ty to adapt to the chang­ing secu­ri­ty envi­ron­ment,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Evans said. 

“The FPDA serves as a use­ful forum for an exchange of views among the Defence Min­is­ters and senior defence offi­cials of its mem­ber states.” 

“Involv­ing an Army pla­toon in this year’s exer­cise will give the Aus­tralian Defence Force a more inclu­sive approach to exer­cis­ing with part­ner nations by extend­ing inter­op­er­abil­i­ty opportunities.” 

He said this was the first time a ship-to-shore land­ing had been includ­ed in a FPDA Field Train­ing Exer­cise. An Aus­tralian Army pla­toon will join with a Malaysian Army pla­toon in the exer­cise, using naval ships to lodge these forces ashore. 

The Com­man­der of the Aus­tralian Con­tin­gent, Wing Com­man­der Ken­neth Robin­son, said BP10 would build on pre­vi­ous FPDA exer­cis­es and con­tin­ue to devel­op and imple­ment pro­ce­dures that would cul­ti­vate ties between part­ner nations. 

BP10 is an impor­tant train­ing exer­cise for all three arms of the ADF,” Wing Com­man­der Robin­son said. 

“For the RAAF, it allows us to prac­tise our fly­ing skills in an unfa­mil­iar and chal­leng­ing environment.” 

“The Exer­cise also pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with high-com­plex­i­ty air com­bat train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, and allows us to test and prac­tise our deploy­ment capa­bil­i­ties away from our home base.” 

HMA Ships Suc­cess, Tobruk, Toowoom­ba, and Arun­ta; Aus­tralian Clear­ance Dive Team One from HMAS Water­hen Syd­ney; eight F/A‑18s from No 3 Squadron RAAF Williamtown NSW; an Aus­tralian Army pla­toon from Roy­al Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base But­ter­worth; and around 60 sup­port staff from across the ADF will par­tic­i­pate in the exercise. 

Media con­tact: Defence Media Liai­son: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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