Amphibious ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Choules docked in Townsville to embark troops, vehicles and equipment ahead of a Combined Joint Force Entry exercise as part of Talisman Sabre 2017 (TS17).
Accompanied by the US Navy’s USS Bonhomme Richard and the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Canterbury, the two vessels will deliver troops predominately from the Australian Army’s 2RAR amphibious light infantry battalion, based at Lavarack Barracks, as well as tanks, vehicles, and artillery to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton for the exercise.
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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