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April 28, 2011
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NUMBER 1 Squadron is preparing
to deploy Super Hornets on their first
overseas exercise as they get set to battle
it out in the Malaysian Peninsula and
the South China Sea during Exercise
Bersama Shield 2011.
The Rhinos will join air, ground
and naval forces from Malaysia, New
Zealand, Singapore and the United
Kingdom for the major exercise, which
will run from May 2 to 13.
Led by CO 1SQN WGCDR Glen
Braz, the Amberley-based Super Hornets
will practise air combat tactics under
the Five Power Defence Arrangement
(FPDA) with participating nations.
"The FPDA represents 40 years of
successful cooperation between the par-
ticipating nations," WGCDR Braz said.
"Australia maintains a close defence
relationship with the founding partners
of the FPDA. The introduction of the
Super Hornets to Exercise Bersama
Shield will enhance the dissimilar air
combat training experience with regional
The exercise will also promote a
shared understanding of procedures for
air and maritime operations, the protec-
tion of the marine environment and dis-
aster relief management.
"The Super Hornet is a true multi-
role fighter," WGCDR Braz said.
"It brings a complex air combat
capability that will allow Australia to
maintain its air combat superiority, effec-
tively contribute to regional security and
enhance interoperability with regional
partners, such as that exercised during
Training in such exercises is impor-
tant for Air Force personnel to hone key
skills, work as a combined force and
build relationships with participating
The first 15 Super Hornets were
delivered to Australia last year.
The remaining nine jets that will
complete the fleet of 24 aircraft will be
delivered by the end of the year.
Participating in Bersama Shield will
bring the Super Hornets another step
closer to declaring final operational
capability, which is anticipated next year.
The 40th anniversary of the FPDA
will be celebrated on November 1 during
Exercise Bersama Lima.
Rhinos ready for battle
Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
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