Australian Defence Force concludes Exercise Bersama Shield
19 May 2015
Australian aircraft, ships and personnel have completed a 10-day exercise in Malaysia to strengthen ties between Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Exercise Bersama Shield 15 (BS15) is an annual Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) Field Training Exercise conducted in Singapore, Malaysia and the South China Sea from 8 to 18 2015.
The exercise prepared about 380 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel for work with FPDA partners to contribute to the security of Singapore and Malaysia and stability in South East Asia.
Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said the exercise deployed Navy, Army and Air Force personnel to work with Australia’s international partners.
“Bersama Shield 15 aims to improve interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of FPDA nations by conducting maritime, land and air operations in a multi-threat environment,” he said.
“More specifically, the exercise enhances interoperability of air, ground and naval forces under the Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System (HQIADS) for the defence of Malaysia and Singapore using a fictitious scenario.”
Australia’s contribution to BS15 included Royal Australian Navy Submarine, HMAS Rankin, and Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Perth, along with Royal Australian Air Force aircraft including two AP-3C Orions and a KA350 King Air.</P.
Bersama Shield 15 included preparation phase consisting of six-days of Combat Enhancement and Force Integration Training, including a harbour training period for maritime assets and a flying program for air assets.
The exercise also included a one-day sports event, a two-day War Exercise (WAREX) phase and a post-exercise debrief.