Exercise Bersama Lima, an annual military exercise between the five nations in the Five Power Defence Arrangements, has concluded.

More than 400 Australian Defense Force personnel deployed for two weeks in Malaysia exercising with militaries from Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

The exercise focused on combined joint operations in a multi-threat environment, with training designed to enhance interoperability and strengthen professional relationships.

The Australian Defense Force deployed F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft and the Royal Australian Navy Hobart class guided missile destroyer HMAS Brisbane to the exercise.

The Five Power Defense Arrangements were established in 1971 as a security arrangement between Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Malaysia and Singapore.

Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton AO, CSC, said Australia remains committed to investing in our regional partnerships.

“Our contribution to Exercise Bersama Lima underlines Australia’s firm commitment to the Five Power Defense Arrangements, which have provided an anchor for regional stability for over 50 years,” Lieutenant General Bilton said.

“The Five Power Defense Arrangements strengthen cooperation and make it easier for our militaries to work together when it matters.”