Joint military exercise starts off Singapore

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), CPL Sebastian Beurich (photographer)

Location(s): Changi, Singapore

Topic(s): HMAS Warramunga (F152), HMAS Yarra (M87), Exercise BERSAMA LIMA

HMAS Yarra sits alongside Sembawang Wharf in Singapore during Exercise Bersama Lima 2016 on 5 October. (photo: CPL Sebastian Beurich)
HMAS Yarra sits alongside Sembawang Wharf in Singapore during Exercise Bersama Lima 2016 on 5 October.

The combined joint military exercise BERSAMA LIMA has commenced in Changi Naval Base, in Singapore involving military forces from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom operating together under the Five Power Defence Arrangements. 

Commander Australian Contingent, Wing Commander Gregory Jervis, said the annual exercise which runs until 21 October aimed to enhance interoperability between the five armed forces by sharing tactics and operational procedures. 

"BERSAMA LIMA incorporates a field training exercise for air, land and maritime forces, as well as live fire serials and staff officer training," he said. 

"It provides an opportunity for the Australian Defence Force to conduct training within a multi-threat operational environment. By planning, coordinating and conducting complex joint procedures, Australian Defence Force personnel are able to maintain their operational and tactical level capabilities." 

Approximately 400 Australian personnel will participate in the exercise, including the HMA Ships Warramunga and Yarra; an Australian Army Infantry Platoon from Rifle Company Butterworth; and Royal Australian Air Force personnel supporting 12 F/A-18A Hornet aircraft, an AP-3C Orion aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft and a B350 King Air aircraft. 

Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said it was important to maintain strong defence relationships with the Five Power Defence Arrangements’ nations. 

"The Five Power Defence Arrangements is the longest standing regional security mechanism for Australia," Vice Admiral Johnston said. 

"BERSAMA LIMA is an opportunity to practise cooperation, dialogue and interoperability with the participating nations, as a contribution to the stability of the region."