Exercise Bersama Shield wraps up

HMAS Toowoomba and Royal Malaysian Navy ship KD Lekir (26) dispatch their boarding parties in Toowoomba's rigid hull inflatable boats during Exercise Bersama Shield 2018. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

The Australian Defence Force took to the sea and skies of Malaysia and Singapore to enhance interoperability and strengthen the relationships of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations.

Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK participated in the biannual Exercise Bersama Shield 18, focusing on the conduct of a combined joint maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment from 27 April to 15 May 2018.

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the ADF’s ongoing support to Exercise Bersama Shield 18 is another example of Australia’s commitment to regional security and stability.

"This exercise allowed us to build on our already strong relationship with the FPDA nations," VADM Johnston said.

"The FPDA has fostered successful, practical co-operation amongst its members for close to 50 years. Exercise Bersama Shield demonstrated the continued commitment by all members to pursuing closer interoperability."

The exercise involves approximately 440 ADF personnel, Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol and King Air aircraft, and Royal Australian Navy Ships HMAS Toowoomba and HMAS Success.

The next exercise in the series, Exercise Bersama Lima, will occur in October 2018.

Exercise Bersama Shield wraps up
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