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By FLTLT Skye Smith
and maritime aircraft,
warships and soldiers
joined forces with Singa-
pore, Malaysia, New Zealand and
Britain to practice integrated tactical
training during Exercise Bersama
RAAF elements operated from
Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)
Base Butterworth with support pro-
vided by the resident 324 Combat
Support Squadron (324CSS).
Eight F/A-18s and 125 personnel
from 3SQN practised air combat tac-
tics and strike under the Five Power
Defence Arrangement (FPDA) with
The jets maintained approximately
12 sorties a day, comprising of two or
four-ship formations, which lasted two
3SQN Commanding Officer WGCDR
Terry van Haren said two months of plan-
ning and preparation for Bersama Lima
had been invaluable.
"The squadron participated in the
exercise with a focus to build upon
our strong tactical-level relationship
with our allied nations and enhance air
combat training," he said.
3SQN also conducted basic fighter
manoeuvring and dissimilar air com-
bat training with the RMAF MiG-29
aircraft from 17/19 Squadron in the
work-up exercise Elangaroo 09, held
between September 27 and October 2.
WGCDR van Haren said the excel-
lent results validated the RAAF F/A-
18 weapon system and the routine
training of 81WG units.
3SQN flew a mix of offensive
counter air, as well as land and mari-
time strike missions off the east coast
of the Malaysian peninsula during
3SQN also used the exercise to
train some aircrew undergoing four-
ship flight lead upgrades.
More than 80 maintenance person-
nel worked around the clock to sup-
port the numerous sorties and ensure
the aircraft were serviceable on time.
A contingent of support personnel
was also based at Kuantan for refuelling
the jets to increase the on-task time for
missions off the east coast of Malaysia.
Meanwhile, an AP-3C and 53 per-
sonnel from 10SQN provided direct
support to Singaporean, Malaysian
and New Zealand naval units deployed
under the FPDA.
New high-end war fighting skills
were put to the test by 10SQN aircrew
when they conducted interdiction
operation serials during the exercise.
10SQN Detachment Commander
SQNLDR Jason Powers said Bersama
Lima provided a great opportunity for
the maritime crews to practice and
refine their tactics under 92WG's new
high-end war fighting scheme.
92WG's high-end war fighting
scheme was developed to provide
focused training and improve mari-
time warfare skills for Orion aircrew.
The Orion missions, conducted in
the South China Sea, employed spe-
cific skill sets including anti-surface
warfare, strike direction and anti-sub-
"Exercises such as Bersama Lima
provide essential training opportuni-
ties for Orion crews to enhance key
maritime skills in an international
environment," SQNLDR Powers said.
"It also allows us to test our
deployment capabilities that enable us
to operate away from our home base."
Strategic air lift and logistics sup-
port to deployed forces were provided
by two C-130Js and a C-17A.
The FPDA commits member
nations to consult with each other in
the event of external conflict involving
Malaysia or Singapore.
WGCDR van Haren said Bersama
Lima aims to enhance regional peace
and stability while strengthening the
FPDA's ability to deal with the secu-
rity challenges facing the region today.
"Over the last 38 years, the FPDA
exercises have grown in size, scope
and complexity, and the training value
is constantly increasing," he said.
LEAD-UP TEAM: 3SQN CO WGCDR Terry van Haren and 17/19 Skuadron (RMAF) CO LT-KOL Norazman Bin
Samion in front of their combined squadrons at the conclusion of Exercise Elangaroo 2009, a bi-lateral fighter
exercise conducted between the RAAF and the RMAF the week before Bersama Lima 09. Photo: LAC Clint McKay
SAY AHH: An aircraft
technican takes a look inside
the nose-cone of an Orion at
Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
HIGH FLY: A 3SQN F/A-18 flies over
Penang Bridge during Bersama Lima.
Photo: SQNLDR Simon Ashworth
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