Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2017 commenced today in Malaysia and Singapore with Australian Defence Force personnel supporting South East Asia’s longest enduring multilateral defence relationship, the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA).

The long-running BERSAMA exercise series aims to enhance the interoperability between the founding members of the FPDA - Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Acting Chief of Joint Operations, Major General Stuart Smith said working alongside FPDA partners reinforces ties with regional partners in South East Asia and provides an invaluable opportunity for the Australian Defence Force to exercise in the region.

Approximately 300 Australian Defence Force personnel will participate in the exercise, which is being held in international waters and within the FPDA exercise area in Malaysia and Singapore, between 27 April and 9 May 2017.

Major Australian Defence Force platforms assigned to Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2017 include the Royal Australian Navy Anzac Class frigate HMAS Ballarat and the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb. The Royal Australian Air Force has contributed an AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and a KA350 King Air tactical mobility aircraft.

During Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2017 the FPDA will conduct an Air/Land integration working group to further enhance the interoperability and cooperation of FPDA nations.

Established in 1971, the Five Power Defence Arrangements contributes both to the security of Singapore and Malaysia and to general stability in South East Asia.



Imagery for BERSAMA SHIELD 2017 is available for viewing/download from the Navy Image Library.