RAAF’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft played its part during Exercise Talisman Sabre 17 keeping Australian and American fighter jets in the air for longer.
RAAF Base Amberley was the main operating base for RAAF and United States aircraft activities during Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).
EA-18G Growlers from RAAF’s No 6 Squadron and the United States Navy’s VAQ-132 “Scorpion” Squadron were required to spend long hours on station over central Queensland during key phases of 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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