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October 28, 2010
Five Powers Ex swings into action
By LEUT Gary McHugh
EXERCISE Bersama Padu
2010 (BP10) is in full swing
as this edition of Navy News
goes to press.
Defence forces from all of the Five
Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA)
countries are honing their interoper-
ability skills across Malaysia and the
South China Sea, in an exercise which
began on October 11.
BP10 sees all three arms of the
ADF join Defence Force person-
nel from Malaysia, Singapore, New
Zealand and the United Kingdom,
in the second FPDA exercise to take
place this year.
Commander of the Australian
Contingent, WGCDR Kenneth
Robinson, said the FPDA, which was
established in 1971, continues to be
an integral part of the regional security
"This is because of the FPDA's
ability to remain relevant to the
needs of its members by adapting to
the changing security environment,"
WGCDR Robinson said.
"This year is the first time an Army
platoon has participated in the exer-
cise, which will further enhance the
interoperability of the FPDA mem-
Navy is well-represented at BP10,
with HMA Ships Success (CMDR
Anthony Rayner), Tobruk (CMDR
Paul Scott), Toowoomba (CMDR Ivan
Ingham), and Arunta (CMDR John
Stavridis) taking part in the exercise,
as well as AUSCDT1 and a number of
augmentees based at Royal Malaysian
Air Force Base Butterworth.
Combined Army forces from
Australia and Malaysia, embarked in
HMAS Tobruk, took part in a number
of amphibious landing exercises on the
island of Pulau Tioman. Meanwhile
clearance divers joined forces with
their New Zealand, Malaysian and
Singaporean counterparts to conduct
underwater mine countermeasure oper-
HMAS Tobruk Commanding
Officer, CMDR Paul Scott, said the
ship's company and embarked forces
were gaining valuable interoperability
skills from the exercise.
"What makes BP10 especially sig-
nificant is that it's the first time that
land forces have been integrated into
the Field Training Exercise component
of the exercise," CMDR Scott said.
"The combined forces have been
conducting numerous disembarka-
tion training drills via the stern door
and cargo nets in preparation for the
amphibious landing component of the
"The Five Power Rifle Company
has also been busy conducting detailed
reconnaissance of the landing areas,"
CMDR Scott said.
Speaking at the official opening
ceremony on October 15, Exercise
Director, RADM Dato Gunaselan
Salamuthu (Royal Malaysian Navy),
said the exercise gave member nations
MULTINATIONAL TRAINING: (Above) One of HMAS Tobruk's landing craft carries members of a rifle com-
pany, comprising Australian soldiers from 1RAR and a Malaysian rifle platoon, to shore; while (below) troops
board Tobruk via a rope ladder.
Photos: SGT Christopher Weissenborne RNZAF
the opportunity to enhance their capac-
ity to work together as a unit.
RADM Salamuthu made special
mention of HMAS Tobruk, which was
called into the exercise as a last minute
substitute for HMNZS Canterbury,
which could not participate due to nat-
ural disaster tasking in New Zealand.
The ADF's commitment to the
exercise also includes eight F/A-18s
from Number 3 Squadron at RAAF
Williamtown, an Australian Army pla-
toon from RMAF Butterworth and
several support staff based at exercise
Exercise BP10 will conclude on
CLIMBING: (Left) A
Malaysian soldier boards
Photo: SGT Christopher
WELCOME ALL: (Right)
Chief of the Malaysian
Defence Force, GEN
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Azizan
Ariffin, addresses mem-
bers at the Bersama
Padu opening ceremony.
Photo: FLTLT Dean McAulliffe
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