Exercise Talisman Sabre kicks off, more than 34,000 Australian and US personnel participating

BYYasir Rehman


Australia’s largest bilateral exercise with the United States, Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 started Sunday which involves more than 34,000 personnel from Australia and the United States.

The opening ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane on the USS Ronald Reagan.

Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds who left for Europe on Saturday to further enhance Australia’s international defence engagement with the United Kingdom, France and NATO, said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States Armed Forces.

“This premier military engagement reflects the strength of the Australia-US alliance and the closeness of our military to military relationship,” Minister for Defence said.

Forces from Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will be embedded alongside Australian Defence Force personnel, and delegations from India and the Republic of Korea will observe the exercise.

Eighteen nations from across the Indo-Pacific region have also been invited to an international visitors program.

The bilateral exercise is the culmination of extensive and ongoing local community engagement throughout the exercise area.

“Talisman Sabre would not be possible without the generous cooperation of the local community including landowners, governments and traditional owners”, Minister Linda said.

The majority of Talisman Sabre 2019 activities will take place in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and surrounding State Forests, near Rockhampton.

Other events will occur around Stanage Bay and the Capricorn Coast, Whitsunday region, Mackay region, Bundaberg and surrounding region, the Townsville Field Training Area and the Evans Head Air Weapons Range in NSW.

TS19 will be the eighth iteration of the exercise and consists of a Field Training Exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and Special Forces activities.

Navy assets participating in TS19 are HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Farncomb, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Parramatta.