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Australian Defence personnel participate in international defence exercise

Defence personnel from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have completed a 10-day long training exercise in Malaysia. "

The Australian Defence Force has confirmed personnel from Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom have completed a 10-day long exercise in Malaysia to strengthen ties between the nations.  

The initiative, called Exercise Bersama Shield 15 (BS15), is held on a yearly basis as part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) Field Training Exercise - it takes place in Singapore, Malaysia and the South China Sea.

Around 380 members of the Australian Defence Force participated ‚Äčin the FPDA partners provide support and security to Asian countries.

According to the Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel had been deployed for the exercise.

He added that the purpose of Bersama Shield 15 is to improve the FPDA nations' capability of working with each other and strengthen professional ties by carrying out naval, land and air operations in an environment with multiple threats. 

"More specifically, the exercise enhances interoperability of air, ground and naval forces under the Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System for the defence of Malaysia and Singapore using a fictitious scenario," he said. 

The Royal Australian Navy contributed the HMAS Rankin‚Äč submarine, and an Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Perth to the exercise. In addition, the Royal Australian Air Force sent two AP-3C Orions and a KA350 King Air. 

Bersama Shield 15 commenced with a six-day preparation phase consisting of Combat Enhancement and Force Integration Training. 

There was also a one-day sports event, a two-day War Exercise (WAREX) phase and a post-exercise debrief.

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