The Australian Defence Force’s amphibious capability has passed an important milestone during Exercise Talisman Sabre 17.
For the first time, soldiers from the Amphibious Ready Element launched an entire battle group ashore by both surface and air means.
Troops from 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, conducted an air-mobile insertion from HMAS Canberra into Shoalwater Bay Training Area, before linking up with 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, who came ashore by Royal Australian Navy landing craft.
Photo by RAN Leading Seaman Jake Badior. Video by US Army Staff Sergeant Tom Conning.
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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