Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne has visited Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base Butterworth for the inaugural Malaysia-Australia High Level Committee meeting on Defence Cooperation on 25 June.
The Minister also attended commemorations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force presence at the Malaysian base.
She was welcomed by the RMAF Quarter Guard before entering the Officers Mess for the High Level Committee meeting with the Malaysian Minister of Defence, His Excellency Tuan Haji Mohamad bin Sabu.
She said the elevation of bilateral defence relations to include regular ministerial-level meetings demonstrates the strong commitment both nations have to deepening the relationship.
“Malaysia is a highly valued security partner through whole-of-government counter-terrorism and maritime security efforts,” Minister Payne said.
After the meeting concluded, both Ministers visited units on base including 19 Squadron, 92 Wing Detachment A, the RMAF F-18 Facility and 2/30th Training Group and Rifle Company Butterworth.
About 100 former ADF members attended the Malaysia Australia Defence Alumni Association reception to mark the 60th anniversary celebrations on 29 June.
The RMAF Butterworth 60th Anniversary will include a parade and reception to celebrate 60 years of RAAF serving in Butterworth.
“Generations of ADF personnel and their families have worked and lived at Butterworth. The number of former personnel attending the anniversary is testament to the special place it holds in many people’s hearts,” Minister Payne said.
“The Australia-Malaysia defence relationship is based on long-standing people-to-people links, shared values, and mutual interests in the region.”
The Alumni Association has a strong membership base which plays an important role in sustaining Australian and Malaysian defence networks and friendships.