Australia and Malaysia complete maritime security exercise

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABEW Burns (photographer)

Location(s): Malacca Strait

Topic(s): HMAS Ballarat (F155)

HMAS Ballarat and KD Lekiu conduct a ship handling exercise during Exercise MASTEX 2013. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Ballarat and KD Lekiu conduct a ship handling exercise during Exercise MASTEX 2013.

Approximately three hundred Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy personnel have concluded the maritime security exercise, Exercise MASTEX.

The Australian Anzac Class frigate, HMAS Ballarat joined the Lekiu Class frigate KD Lekiu in the North Malacca Straits for the week long bilateral maritime exercise, which provided both navies the opportunity to improve understanding of how the other operates in common aspects of naval warfare.

Commanding Officer Ballarat, Commander Matthew Doornbos RAN said the exercise is part of an ongoing program of engagement between the two Navies.

“The Navies of Australia and Malaysia have been conducting Exercise MASTEX together since 2002. It is an important part of the Royal Australian Navy’s exercise program and helps to foster a close and long lasting relationship between our two nations.”

“MASTEX started with a harbour phase which included a range of briefings and professional exchanges, before we undertook the sea phases of the exercise. While at sea, Ballarat and Lekiu undertook a graduated series of maritime security activities, which culminated in complex warfare serials,” said Commander Doornbos.

“By regularly conducting exercises like MASTEX, we ensure that the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy are ready and capable of working together on a common task,” said Commander Doornbos.

Australia’s strong relationship with Malaysia is underpinned by cooperation through the Five Power Defence Arrangements, which includes extensive people-to-people links between our two defence forces.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131339.