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November 25, 2010
FLTLT Skye Smith
AS THE Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA)
approaches its 40th anniversary next year, Exercise
Bersama Padu 2010 recently highlighted the impor-
tance of Australia's strategic environment within
The FPDA is headquartered within the Integrated
Area Defence System (IADS) at the Royal Malaysian
Air Force Base Butterworth.
It is the only multi-lateral arrangement in South-
East Asia with an operational dimension and brings
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Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare has announced the release of the
tender to dispose of retired Caribou
Mr Clare said that two of the fleet
would be reserved for sale to histori-
cal organisations that will preserve the
aircraft as flying examples of military
A number of Caribou components
will also be made available only to
historical organisations and Returned
Service Organisations, such as RSLs.
The Caribou was first brought into
service in Vietnam and has served
with distinction for nearly half a cen-
"We have reserved a number of
Caribou components for preservation
at RSLs and historical organisations,"
Mr Clare said.
During service, the Caribou oper-
ated out of RAAF Bases Richmond,
Amberley and Townsville.
Two of the aircraft have already
been presented to the RAAF Museum
at Point Cook and the Australian War
Tenders close on March 1. Go to www.
tenders.gov.au or contact the Defence
Disposals Agency on (02) 9393 2914 for
more information. ' BRIEFING: LEUT David Roderick from the
Royal New Zealand Navy, LT Lucas Joyce
from the Australian Army, SQNLDR Ady Smith
from the RAF, CAPT Ahmad Zaky from the
Royal Malaysian Armed Forces and LEUT
Tan Yit Chong from the Republic of Singapore
Air Force go over the day's movements in the
Photo: CPL David Gibbs
that have been
the last four
IADS AVM Kevin
'Bou moving right along
together the member
nations -- Australia,
and the United
Kingdom -- to foster
The FPDA was
founded in 1971 to
provide air defence of
the Malaysia peninsula
and Singapore after the
British withdrawal of
IADS AVM Kevin Paule.
military forces east of the Suez.
Commander IADS AVM Kevin Paule said FPDA
deserved the highest recognition.
"It represents the strong bonds that have been
formed over the last four decades and shows great
promise for further development of the arrangement
in the future," he said.
The eighth FPDA Defence Ministers' Meeting to
be held in Singapore next year is a significant FPDA
activity for 2011.
In 2000, the FPDA Defence Ministers agreed that
the FPDA should become more joint and combined
in nature and consequently HQIADS was renamed
from the Integrated Air Defence System to Integrated
Area Defence System.
HQIADS has a staff of 48 comprising repre-
sentatives from the five nations. There are eight
Australians, 21 Malaysians, four New Zealanders, 10
Singaporeans and five Britons.
Air Force represents 60 per cent of the total staff.
Next year will mark the first time the Australian
Super Hornets will participate in the FPDA exercise
during Bersama Shield, scheduled for May.
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