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AIR FORCE October 29, 2009
THE skies over Malaysia and the
surrounding seas recently reverber-
ated to the sound of fast-jet engines as
RAAF assets joined their sister services
in the joint combined Exercise Bersama
Lima 09 (BL09).
Thirteen aircraft and approximately
200 personnel deployed to RMAF Base
Butterworth to participate.
They comprised eight F/A-18s and
125 personnel from 3SQN, a 10SQN
AP-3C with more than 60 personnel for
maritime surveillance, and three 37SQN
C-130Js and a 36SQN C-17 for strategic
lift and logistics support.
The exercise, which was conducted
under the auspices of the Five Power
Defence Arrangements (FPDA) and
hosted by the Royal Malaysian Armed
Forces, commenced on October 5 and
concluded on October 23.
The aim of BL09 was to exercise
force elements from maritime, land and
air forces from member nations of the
FPDA in the defence of the Malaysian
Peninsula and Singapore in order to
enhance interoperability among the
It also aimed to cultivate regional ties
and enhance Australia's interoperabil-
ity with the armed forces of Malaysia,
Singapore, the UK and New Zealand.
It was the second in the series of
Bersama multilateral activities involving
the FPDA forces this year, with the first
being Bersama Shield held last May.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin said
the FPDA represented almost 40 years
of co-operation and continued to show
its relevance for the regional strategic
"Australia maintains a close defence
relationship with Singapore and
Malaysia, both bilaterally and through
participation in the Five Power Defence
Arrangements," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"Exercise Bersama Lima also pro-
motes a shared understanding of proce-
dures for air and maritime operations,
the protection of the marine environment
and disaster relief management."
Training in exercises such as BL09 is
important for ADF personnel to obtain
key skills, work as a combined force and
build relationships with other exercise
A full wrap-up of Exercise Bersama Lima
will feature in the next edition.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Above, from left, 10SQN Crew 3's FSGT Kerwin Gregory and FLTLT Brett
Armitstead join CAPT Alias Mustapa from 16SQN RMAF at Subang Air Force Base, Malaysia, in front of
an Australian AP-3C during exercise Bersama Lima 09. 16SQN flew the Beechcraft 200T as a patrol aircraft
and both aircraft types conducted patrol and reconnaissance missions during the exercise.
PRE-FLIGHT: Left, from left, 10SQN pilot FLTLT Andrew Bartlett, flight engineer WOFF Peter Robjent and
co-pilot FLGOFF Daniel Scovell conduct pre-flight checks before another mission. Photos: LAC Leigh Cameron
Five power practice
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