The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) are taking part in the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) land exercise in Townsville , Australia, from October 13 - 25.

According to Singapore Ministry of Defence statement, some 35 SAF personnel and over 150 personnel from the other four FPDA countries, namely Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom , are involved in the exercise, codenamed Suman Warrior.

This year's exercise, the 23rd in the series, is a command post exercise involving the FPDA armies in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation.

The statement said that SAF's regular participation in FPDA exercises reflects Singapore 's strong commitment to the FPDA.

The Five Power Defence Arrangements was established in 1971 between Australia , Malaysia , New Zealand , Singapore and the United Kingdom.-VNA