The Northern Territory component of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017, called Field Training Exercise – North (FTX-N), took place from 21 June to 7 July at Mount Bundey Training Area, over the skies of the NT and on the seas off Darwin.
The northern sea component was a significant element, with several US and Australian war ships and aircraft taking part.
FTX-N was one of the largest military exercises in the Top End this year, involving more than 3700 personnel and including the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.
Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17) is a biennial combined Australian and United States training activity, designed to train respective military forces in planning and conducting combined task-force operations to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between the respective forces.
This exercise is a major undertaking that reflects the closeness of the two alliance and the strength of the ongoing military-to-military relationship.
The exercise involves more than 30,000 soldier, sailors, airmen and marines.
Now in its seventh iteration, the Talisman Sabre series of exercises is the principal Australian and US military training activity focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity high-end warfighting in the air, land and maritime domains.
TS17 incorporates force preparation activities, special-forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land-force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and a number of live-fire components.
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