The Mackay Showground saw an influx of military vehicles and personnel, as the bulk of 3rd Brigade made its way from Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area for Talisman Sabre 17.
Australian Army Bushmasters, G-Wagons, Unimogs, Macks, Land Rovers and vehicles from the New Zealand Defence Force temporarily called the Mackay Showgrounds home, in order to split the journey.
Over five days, just under 1000 vehicles and just over 1000 personnel passed through the showground gates.
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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