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September 17, 2009
GOOD PRACTICE: (Left)
LSCSO Trystan Vincent
helps a Malaysian support
party member get dressed
in protective fire clothing.
ON TRACK: (Below left)
LEUT John Hallam navi-
gates HMAS Darwin as
the ship departs Royal
Malaysian Naval Base
HEAVE!: (Right) The fore-
castle party heave in lines
as HMAS Darwin departs
Royal Malaysian Naval
Photos: ABPH Evan Murphy
By Natalie Staples
TWO RAN ships have joined their Malaysian coun-
terparts for Exercise Mastex, a combined maritime
warfare exercise being conducted in the Malacca
HMA Ships Darwin and Success have taken part
in the week-long exercise alongside Royal Malaysian
Corvettes KD Lekiu and KD Laksamana Hung Nadim.
The bilateral exercise provided the opportunity for
both maritime powers to improve their interoperability
and mutual understanding in common aspects of naval
Professional exchanges and a graduated program,
including weapons practices and a structured free play
exercise were undertaken, with Darwin demonstrating
damage control and fire-fighting lessons learnt from
recent work-ups and operational deployments.
Darwin CO CMDR Christopher Smith said that, dur-
ing the exercise, core skills were practised in a series of
graduated evolutions, culminating in a high-end warfare
"By jointly practising maritime security exercis-
es and anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine war-
fare techniques, the navies of Malaysia and Australia
improved their effectiveness for any common taskings in
the future," CMDR Smith said.
2009 marks the seventh iteration of the Mastex series,
which underscores the long-standing and mature rela-
tionship that Australia has with Malaysia and recognises
that the two nations share a common interest in the sta-
bility and security of the South-East Asian region.
Australia and Malaysia join forces
OFF WE GO!: HMAS Darwin departs
Royal Malaysian Naval Base Lumut
for Exercise Mastex in company with
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