Talisman Sabre – second major beach landing

Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit land on Freshwater Beach in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area on 19 July during Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Once the beach was secured by the pre-landing force made up of US Marines and Australian soldiers from 2RAR’s Boat Platoon, the main force of Marines landed in Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), Landing Craft Air Cushioned hovercraft (LCACs), LCM landing craft and V-22 Ospreys.

This was the second major beach landing in a week – the first one being more Australian-forces focused.

This first beach landing of the exercise was also reported by the ADF as the largest amphibious landing Australian troops had been involved in since the Second World War.

 

 

 

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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