SINGAPORE - 4,000 personnel, one submarine, 15 ships and 58 aircraft from five countries are currently taking part in Exercise Bersama Lima 2014, which is hosted by Singapore.
This year's edition of the exercise comprised a joint operation for the defence of Malaysia and Singapore in a simulated "multi-threat" environment.
Three dive teams, four Ground-Based Air Defence units and various support elements from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom are also involved in the multilateral exercise from Oct 7 to 21.
Permanent Secretary for Defence Mr Chan Yeng Kit and senior officials from the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) member-nations visited the Multinational Operations and Exercise Centre and Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Crisis Centre in Changi Naval Base, where they were briefed on the exercise.
After the shore phase exercise had been completed, participants executed the plans in the South China Sea and Peninsula Malaysia.
Rear-Admiral (Rdm) Timothy Lo, who is the exercise director for this year's edition of Exercise Bersama Lima, highlighted the shift from traditional sea and air exercises to a "greater joint and combined focus".
"This year's exercise continues in this direction of strengthening joint and combined operations with the inclusion of the land component in the field training exercise for the very first time," Rdm Lo said.
Formed in 1971, the FPDA plays an important role in the regional security architecture, continually adapting to remain relevant in the face of an evolving regional security environment.