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Exercise SUMAN WARRIOR

Exercise SUMAN WARRIOR is a Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) which in 2011 was hosted by the British Army along with local Emergency Services and Planners in Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

200 foreign soldiers took part, which was designed to introduce them to UK Military Aid to the Civil Authorities procedures during crises such as flooding and severe weather.

Exercise Background

On the 15 April 1971, the governments of Singapore, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand issued a joint communiqué announcing the creation of a Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA). The initial plan was to provide for the air defence of peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, following the withdrawal of Commonwealth Forces.

The name SUMAN is an acronym - Singapore, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. The arrangement has evolved in light of the developing global security situation and remains a crucial forum for promoting dialogue and interoperability.