Exercise Bersama Padu 2010

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DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545



MSPA 482/10 





Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Exercise Bersama Padu 2010


Eight F/A-18 Hornets and 125 personnel from Number 3 Squadron have arrived in

Malaysia as part of an Australian Defence Force joint contingent, to join air, ground

and naval forces from Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

for Exercise Bersama Padu 2010.


The three-week exercise officially started today and will see assets from the

participating nations battling it out in various locations on the Malaysian Peninsula

and in the South China Sea. 


Led by Commanding Officer 3 Squadron, Wing Commander Terry van Haren, the

Hornet Pilots from RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle, NSW will practice air

combat tactics under the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) with

participating nations.


“The Five Power Defence Arrangements represent almost 40 years of co-operation

and continues to show its relevance for the regional strategic environment,” Wing

Commander van Haren said.


“Australia maintains a close defence relationship with Singapore and Malaysia, both

bilaterally and through participation in the Five Power Defence Arrangements.


“Exercise Bersama Padu also promotes a shared understanding of procedures for air

and maritime operations, the protection of the marine environment and disaster relief

management,” he said.


Training in exercises such as Bersama Padu 2010 is important for Air Force personnel

to hone key skills, work as a combined force and build regional relationships with

participating nations.


Exercise Bersama Padu, which means ‘together united’ in Bahasa Malaysia, is the

second in the series of Bersama multi-lateral activities involving the forces of the Five

Power Defence Arrangements this year.


The exercise will finish on 29 October.


Media Liaison: Media interviews can be facilitated by Flight Lieutenant Skye Smith

on +61 438 462 944 or skye.smith@defence.gov.au


Imagery: Imagery from the exercise will be available online at







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