Exercise Bersama Lima 2014 is a Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) major tactical Command Post Exercise and Field Training Exercise being held in the South China Sea, Malaysia and Singapore from 7 - 22 October.
The aim of the exercise is to enhance interoperability and strengthen the professional relationships of FPDA nations by conducting maritime, land and air operations in a simulated multi-threat environment.
In total about 500 Australian Defence Force personnel from all three services will participate in the exercise. Major equipment and units include:
Australian Defence Force staff personnel are also supporting the Command Post Exercise and Field Training Exercise activities.
Following the withdrawal of the UK from Malaysia and Singapore, a multilateral agreement was established between Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK in 1971 to provide security for the newly formed states. An operational headquarters was established in Malaysia with Australia providing a two-star commander and the maintenance of a permanent rotation of military personnel at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Butterworth airbase. The Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) with Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom remain valued as a mechanism for engaging with important defence partners in the region.
The purpose of the FPDA is to cultivate cooperation and interoperability between member armed forces through combined training exercises that aim to develop a joint operational capability. Through the conduct of multilateral military exercises, Australia is able to practice its ability to inter-operate with other militaries through desk-based and field training activities in order to be ready to respond to security issues, and jointly provide assistance and relief to humanitarian and disaster events in the region.