Nearly 15,000 central Queensland residents joined troops from Australia, the United States and New Zealand today at the Exercise Talisman Sabre Open Day at the Rockhampton Show Grounds.
The crowd was the largest ever for a Talisman Sabre open day, with the previous attendance record being 6000 visitors.
The open day – a joint venture between Rockhampton City Council and the Australian Defence Force – was held to thank the local community for its support of the major Defence activity.
The day featured displays of Australian and United States military capabilities, including an Australian Army M1 Abrahams tank and MRH-90 multi-role helicopter, a United States Marine Corps Black Hawk helicopter, as well as other United States Marine Corps and New Zealand Army Assets.
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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