Members of the Australian Defence Force and United States Armed Forces learned how to train and fight together during Exercise Talisman Sabre, Field Training Exercise North 17.
Held at Mount Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory, the two-week exercise, held as part of the wider Exercise Talisman Sabre 17, enhanced co operation and interoperability between the two nations.
Soldiers from 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, NORFORCE and special forces took part in a wide variety of scenarios with the aid of the United States Marine Corps.
USMC V-22 Osprey aircraft were used extensively to deploy Australian Army soldiers throughout 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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