US Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, along with soldiers from Australian Army’s 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, close with and engage a simulated enemy force during Exercise Talisman Sabre 17.
This action happened at the Mount Bundy Training Area near Darwin on 30 June as part of the norther component of Exercise Talisman Sabre 17.
US Marine Corps video by Sergeant Emmanuel Ramos
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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