During June and July, Brisbane will host more than 20 military ships as an off-shoot of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.
FILE PHOTO (April 2019): The Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Destroyer HMAS Brisbane (III)’s ceremonial lifebuoy announcing the ship’s arrival at Hamilton wharf on the first visit to her namesake city. Photo by Corporal Colin Dadd.
Defence says this will be one of the largest gatherings of military ships to visit Brisbane for a single event in more than 30 years, and will include vessels from the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Japan in addition to Royal Australian Navy ships.
The ships will call into Brisbane at various times on their way to, or returning from, Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019, which is taking place in and around the Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton.
Unfortunately, however, because of exercise commitments and and the need for crews to avail of rest and respite from the exercise, ships berthed at the Port of Brisbane will not be open to the public.
Exercise Talisman Sabre is a biennial, bilateral Australian and United States training activity, with select other countries invited to participate.