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May 4, 2012
FLTLT Cath Friend
PERSONNEL on Exercise Bersama
Shield 2012 renewed old friendships and
formed new ones when they participated
in the Five Power Defence Arrangements
The exercise, in its 41st year, was con-
ducted over Peninsula Malaysia and the
South China Sea from April 23 to May 4.
It aimed to develop the interoperability
of air, ground and naval forces under the
auspices of the FPDA to enhance regional
security and humanitarian operations in a
Navy and air force personnel from
Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Singapore and Britain returned to Malaysia,
Singapore and surrounding waters.
The RAAF was represented by two
AP-3Cs from 92WG, a B300 King Air
from 38SQN, F/A-18As from 3SQN and a
Commander Australian Contingent
WGCDR Louis Nuttycombe said more
than 560 personnel from Australia
worked alongside representatives from
the FPDA nations in operations, plan-
ning and support roles in conjunction with
Headquarters Integrated Area Defence
System (HQIADS) and 324 Combat
Support Squadron. Both units are located
at RMAF Base Butterworth.
"It is heartening to see the strength
of our ties with the armed forces of
Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and
the United Kingdom and the resultant
reinforcement of our abilities to oper-
ate together that arises from working so
closely together in the exercise arena,"
WGCDR Nuttycombe said.
Naval assets included HMA Ships
Ballarat and Collins from Australia, RSS
Supreme from Singapore, and KD Lekiu
Almost 60 aircraft graced the
Malaysian skies including MIG-29Ns,
SU-30MKMs, F-15Ss and JSATO DA-20s.
Commander HQIADS AVM Warren
Ludwig said that FPDA exercises, includ-
ing Bersama Shield, provided a complex
and unique environment in which to test
interoperability and build capacity in both
conventional and non-conventional roles.
Participants of the exercise could
expect force integration training before
heading into the live exercise phase.
"In addition to honing skills and pro-
cedures, FPDA exercises provide an excel-
lent forum to develop and sustain profes-
sional relationships with counterparts from
the other FPDA nations," AVM Ludwig
Full wrap-up of the exercise in the next edition.
marks 41st year
ALL SMILES: 2SQN pilots FLTLT Mick
Gilbert and PLTOFF Gerard Bourke.
READY TO GO: An F/A-18 taxis out on a sortie during
Exercise Bersama Shield 2012. Photos: CPL David Gibbs
SAFETY FIRST: 2SQN's CPL Craig
Petterson moves a fire extinguisher into
position before engine start.
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