The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will participate in Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 2011, a major military exercise with Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom under the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the successful FPDA, illustrating the long-term commitment of the founding members to regional stability and defence to defence cooperation.

Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 2011 will be conducted by the FPDA member countries in various locations on the Malaysian Peninsula and in the South China Sea from 17 October to 4 November 2011.

The FPDA provides the ADF with the opportunity to develop relationships with important security partners while reinforcing Australia’s long-term commitment to regional peace and prosperity.

BERSAMA LIMA aims to enhance the interoperability of the combined air, ground and naval forces of the FPDA countries to conduct combined and joint warfare activities. It promotes a shared understanding of procedures for air and maritime operations, the protection of the marine environment and disaster relief management, and is important training for Australian Defence Force personnel to hone key skills, work as a combined force and build regional relationships with FPDA nations.

Exercise BERSAMA LIMA 2011 will involve a total of 68 aircraft, 19 ships, 2 submarines and various support elements.

Australia’s contribution to the exercise includes Air Force multi-role F/A-18 Hornets, two Minehunters, a Replenishment ship and a Collins Class submarine.