SHAH ALAM: Australian, Malaysian Training. Military personnel from Malaysia and Australia have, for the first time, conducted interoperability training with Australia’s biggest warship, HMAS Adelaide.
Over 150 Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Australian Defence Force (ADF) from all three services conducted Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) training onboard HMAS Adelaide which was berthed at the Boustead Cruise Centre at Pulau Indah, Port Klang today (Oct 4, 2017).
The training was focused on enhancing interoperability specifically around humanitarian and disaster relief work, as well as strengthening the already close defence relationship between the two countries.
Chief of Staff Indo-Pacific Endeavour Task Group Lieutenant Colonel Dan Turner says the exercise was an important for both countries.
“This is the first time we have worked with the MAF onboard the new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships”. “This training is an investment in the future if, and when, we get called to help in a humanitarian disaster and need to work together to provide emergency relief,” said Lt. Col Turner.
The MAF worked with the ADF to load troops and vehicles onto the ships landing craft and then embark them on the Adelaide. The troops and vehicles – two Isuzu DMax pickups and a Land Rover from 4 RAMD – embarked on the landing craft via a boat ramp at KD Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah or the National Hydrograhic Centre, located adjacent to the cruise centre.
The Malaysian troops were given a briefing and a familiarisation tour of the ship before embarking back onto the landing craft for the return trip back to KD Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah.
Today’s training is part of Australia’s biggest joint task group deployment in more than 30 years, Indo Pacific Endeavour 2017 (IPE17).
Six vessels, including HMAS Adelaide, are involved in IPE17. Adelaide and HMAS Darwin arrived at Port Klang last Saturday. They’re due to depart tomorrow morning.
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