The Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Sheean has taken advantage of a mid-ocean encounter by getting in some anti-submarine warfare practice on its way to Singapore for a major exercise.
Exercise Bersama Shield 2014 (BS14) commenced on 22 May when Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom came together at Changi Naval Base, Singapore, for introductory briefs and planning.
Australia’s naval contribution to the exercise includes Royal Australian Navy Submarine HMAS Sheean and Adelaide-class Frigate HMAS Sydney, which have been preparing for the exercise at Sembawang Wharf, Singapore.
The Royal Australian Air Force will operate two AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail and a KA350 King Air aircraft from Butterworth, Malaysia.
EX BS14 is a two-week, tri-service exercise which will be conducted until 5 June within the Singapore- Malaysia Peninsular and South China Sea.