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Air Force personnel arrive for Exercise Bersama Shield

13 May 2008

More than 200 Air force personnel have arrived in Malaysia to participate in Exercise Bersama Shield 2008 from 5-17 May.

The exercise aims to practice the interoperability of air, ground and naval forces under the auspices of the Five Power Defence Arrangements – involving Australia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.

As one of the Air Force’s participants, South Australian-based Number 92 Wing has deployed personnel and two AP-3C Orions to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base Butterworth, in Malaysia. The focus of Number 92 Wing is to build on the solid tactical-level relationship it has with its allies.

During Bersama Shield 2008, Number 92 Wing’s Orions will be used for maritime operations, including surveillance, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare and strike direction.

Both maintenance personnel and aircrew are being put through a rigorous training schedule, which includes early morning and overnight flights.

Bersama Shield 2008 is flown over the Malaysian peninsula and South China seas.