The USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group was a major component of Exercise Talisman Sabre 17 – not only for the considerable firepower it brought, but the crew numbers that formed a major proportion of the 33,000 US, Australian, New Zealand and Japanese military personnel participating.
A carrier strike group is typically composed of roughly 7500 personnel, one aircraft carrier with 65 to 70 aircraft, at least one cruiser and two destroyers or frigates, with one or two submarines, logistics and supply ships optional.
USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is the ninth of 10 Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in United States Navy service.
She displaces more than 100,000 tons and was commissioned in 2001.
Video by US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ethan Schumacher
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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