Top End provides world-class airspace for TS23

The Top End provides a world-class airspace for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023, where Australian and United States aviators can continue to build on partnerships and interoperability in an agile, high-end and multi-domain environment.

CAPTION: Four Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II’s over northern Australia during Exercise Talisman Sabre 23. Story by Flight Lieutenant Claire Campbell. Photo by Sergeant Pete Gammie. 

To mark the commencement of the exercise, Air Commodore Peter Robinson, Commander Air Task Group, held a press conference at RAAF Base Darwin alongside Colonel Brian Baldwin, US Air Force Commander of the 13th Air Expeditionary Wing, focusing on the combined training and relationship-building opportunities.

For the air component of Talisman Sabre, about 3000 people will deploy to RAAF Bases from Richmond to Darwin, Tindal, Scherger and Curtin, with about 100 Royal Australian Air Force and US Air Force aircraft.

Air Commodore Robinson said Talisman Sabre focuses on crucial relationship-building training to ensure the global rules-based order is upheld.

A Royal Australian Air Force E/A-18G Growler from No. 6 Squadron conducting a sortie during Exercise Talisman Sabre 23 over the Northern Territory. Photo by Leading Aircraftman Chris Tsakisiris.
A Royal Australian Air Force E/A-18G Growler from No. 6 Squadron conducting a sortie during Exercise Talisman Sabre 23 over the Northern Territory. Photo by Leading Aircraftman Chris Tsakisiris.

“The Top End provides an amazing amount of air space for these types of high-end warfighting exercises,” he said.

“The exercise is held over vast distances and we rely on the air-to-air refuelling assets, the KC-30 and KC-46, command and control from our E-7A airborne early warning platforms, and then our fast-jet platforms, including our F-35s, EA-18Gs, F/A-18 Super Hornets and also F-22 Raptors from the United States.”

Exercise Talisman Sabre will run until August 4, testing Air Force’s ability to deploy to forward operating bases and sustain high-intensity air operations with the focus on large force employment of air assets in the Top End.

As Colonel Baldwin explained, this provides the USAF with a chance to focus on training high-end, multi-domain threats and fights that are difficult to do over the east coast.

“This is the biggest, most complex Talisman Sabre we’ve undertaken, which brings its own challenges but also gives us an opportunity to keep developing the inner connective tissue between our two countries,” he said.

“Australia affords us tremendous opportunities, such as Delamere Air Weapons Range, to work on our interoperability and how we can be more resilient to threats to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

“Any time we get the chance to continue to work on those relationships, practise together, get more interoperable, makes us both much more efficient and more capable of ensuring a peaceful and stable region.”

This is the 10th iteration of Exercise Talisman Sabre, with up to 30,000 personnel and 13 nations taking part.

 

The sun sets behind two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets in the Ordnance Loading Area at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023. Story by Flight Lieutenant Claire Campbell. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Annika Smit.
The sun sets behind two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets in the Ordnance Loading Area at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Annika Smit.

 


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  • 31/07/2023 at 8:12 pm
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    Considering our limited runways in Australia and limited forces what airfield repair capacity do we have? I have never seen or heard about `quick’ runway repair capability.
    These are prime missile targets and rapid repair would seem to be a priority.

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