LABUAN: The Royal Malaysian Air Force today completed a 12-day exercise in the airspace over Labuan, Sabah and their waters.
The PARADISE Exercise 2/2015 included paradrop deepstrike insertion extraction, air-to-air refuelling, heli operation, special operation troop insertion and forcedown procedures, and also saw the participation of the media fraternity.
At the closing ceremony at the Labuan RMAF base in Membidai here, RMAF air operations commander Lt Gen Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad said the exercise was part of RMAF efforts to integrate training for all its assets and services.
“This exercise is imperative for RMAF as it is a platform to conduct tests and improve the capability and readiness of RAMF in preserving the sovereignty of the nation’s airspace effectively and efficiently,” he said.
He said Labuan was chosen for the exercise in line with the government’s aspiration to better enhance the level of defence and preserving national security.
The RMAF aircraft involved in the exercise included the F/A-18D Hornet, Su-30MKM and Hawk 108/208 fighter jets, C130H, KC130 and CN235 transport planes and EC725 and Nuri helicopters.
A total of 58 local and national media representatives, including bloggers, were involved in a two-day Media Day with the Ministry of Defense at the Labuan air base here. – BERNAMA