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HMAS Dechaineux was the only submarine
deployed in support of Exercise Bersama
Shield 2013 in the South China Sea, Singapore
and Malaysian Peninsula between April 3-18.
Dechaineux was temporarily under the com-
mand of CMDR Glen Miles. He said operating
as the enemy or ‘Red Force’, Dechaineux’s role
in the exercise was to test the responses from
participating nations’ navy vessels.
“We operated in shallow waters among
high concentrations of fishing vessels and
conducted simulated attacks on surface ships
from Malaysian, Singaporean and New Zealand
navies,” CMDR Miles said. “For the crew of
Dechaineux, Exercise Bersama Shield provided
a fantastic opportunity to practise the ‘hide and
seek’ of submarine warfare in busy waterways.”
Throughout the exercise the submarine was
‘hunted’ by two AP-3C Orions from Air Force’s
92WG, based at RAAF Edinburgh in South
The Orions flew a total of seven sor-
ties in support of the Five Power Defence
Arrangements-led exercise, allowing the crews
to hone their skills in a complex multinational
exercise environment involving naval and air
The Five Power Defence Arrangements is
the longest standing multilateral arrangement in
South-East Asia between Australia, Malaysia,
New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.
The ADF was a founding member of the
Five Power Defence Arrangements and this
year marked the 42nd anniversary of Australia’s
involvement in these exercises.
In addition to Dechaineux and the Orions,
Navy and Air Force provided liaison officers
who deployed to Royal Malaysian Air Force
Playing hide and seek
TEAM EFFORT: HMAS Dechaineux, left, leads vessels of the
Malaysian, Singaporean and New Zealand navies in formation in
the South China Sea, above.
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