Exercise Southern Tiger 2017


Exercise Southern Tiger 2017

A Malaysian and Australian joint military training exercise is currently underway in Central Queensland – Exercise Southern Tiger 2017 is all about exchanging ideas on tactics, techniques and procedures, promoting inter-operability and developing stronger personal relationships between the two countries.

A major joint military exercise is getting underway in central Queensland involving Malaysian and Australian Armed Forces personnel focusing on improving defence capability skills and inter-operability between the two forces.

Exercise Southern Tiger is an annual activity that has taken many forms – from small groups of observers to platoon sized groups participating in field training.

Malaysia Australia Joint Defence Program Staff Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Sanderson says, planning for Exercise Southern Tiger ‘17 has been a complex affair but will be worth the effort.

120 soldiers from 12 Royal Malay Regiment have traveled to Shoalwater Bat Training Area, near Rockhampton, to participate in a 7th Combat Brigade foundation warfighting exercise from 14-26 May.

The Malaysian contingent also includes a group of officers from the Malaysian Army’s Training Command, who have been tasked with observing the training with a view to incorporating aspects into future Malaysian exercises.

The objectives of the exercise include exposing Malaysian Armed Forces Personnel to Australia’s field training methodology, exchanging ideas on tactics, techniques and procedures, promoting inter-operability and developing stronger personal relationships between the two countries.

LTCOL Sanderson said the Malaysian contingent is extremely excited about the Exercise.

“Engagements like these help to strengthen the Malaysia-Australia Defence relationship and will be remembered for a long time to come,” said LTCOL Sanderson.

As well as conducting the Field Training Exercise the contingent will spend time in Enoggera Barracks, the home of 7th Combat Brigade and participate in cultural exchanges and social activities prior to the closing ceremony of the Exercise on 25th May 2017. The contingent will be hosted by 8th/9th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR).

Article credit to – LEUT John Thompson RANR.