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description-1 = US and Australian Special Operations Forces (SOF) conduct a military freefall parachute insertion at night with zero natural illumination from 7,500 feet (2,300 metres) altitude, July 2019 during Talisman Sabre. (US Marine Corps photos by Lance Corporal Nicole Rogge)
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description-2 = By inserting behind enemy lines, SOF conduct surveillance and reconnaissance to enable precision targeting. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise that tests the two forces combat training, readiness and interoperability. (US Marine Corps photos by Lance Corporal Nicole Rogge)
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description-3 = An S-70A-9 Black Hawk with the Australian Army's 6th Aviation Regiment prepares to take-off to conduct a raid by US and Australian SOF during Talisman Sabre. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise that tests the two forces combat training, readiness and interoperability. (US Marine Corps photos by Lance Corporal Nicole Rogge)
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description-4 = Air Commandos from the US 353rd Special Operations Group and Australian Army soldiers from 6th Aviation Regiment prepare to hot refuel an Australian S-70A-9 Black Hawk at a forward area refuelling point (FARP) during Talisman Sabre. (US Marine Corps photos by Lance Corporal Nicole Rogge)
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description-5 = 5th Aviation Regiment CH-47F Chinook helicopter Crewman Warrant Officer Class 2 Darryl Rowe observes the Shoal Water Bay Training Area during a sortie as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019, Rockhampton, Queensland. (Credit - Defence)
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description-6 = TS19 is designed to practice our respective military services and associated agencies in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations, and improve the combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and US forces. (Credit - Defence)
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description-7 = Australian Army Sergeant Cameron Baldwin from 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment loads rounds into a mounted machine gun on an ASLAV during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 in Shoalwater Bay, Queensland. (Credit - Defence)
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description-8 = An Australian Army M113 armoured personnel carrier moves into position during Exercise Talisman Sabre at Shoalwater Bay Training Area. (Credit - Defence)
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description-9 = US Army and Australian Army members pressure-wash a vehicle at the wash bay, during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 at Rockhampton, Queensland. Since military vehicles travel across the state of Queensland, Australia, and other states, they can pick up things from one environment that could contaminate another, such as weeds, seeds and coal dust from everywhere they go. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado)
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description-10 = A US Navy member and Australian Army member grasp hands during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 at Rockhampton, Queensland, 19 July 2019. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado)
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description-11 = An Australian Army M113 armoured personnel carrier conducts a patrol during Exercise Talisman Sabre at Shoalwater Bay Training Area. (Credit - Defence)
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description-12 = Corporal Kyle Yhl from the US Marine Corps keeps watch during Exercise Talisman Sabre at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. (Credit - Defence)
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Exercise Talisman Sabre 19: The road so far – Part 8
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land & amphibious | 22 July 2019 | Louis Dillon
With Exercise Talisman Sabre 19 officially kicking off last week, Defence Connect will provide continuous imagery updates from the biennial exercise.
TS19 is a bilateral combined Australian and US training activity, and is designed to practice the two countries’ respective military services and associated agencies in planning and conducting combined and joint task force operations, and improve the combat-readiness and interoperability between Australian and US forces.
Occurring every two years, Talisman Sabre is a major exercise reflecting the closeness of our alliance and strength of the enduring military relationship.
TS19 is 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.
Nearly 35,000 military personnel from the US and Australia are set to take part in what will be the biggest ever Talisman Sabre.
Historically, Talisman Sabre exercises have been conducted across northern and eastern Australia, and within Australia’s exclusive economic zone. Additional participants from third-party nations may participate or observe the exercise if invited.
Forces from Canada, New Zealand and the UK have received such an invite, with delegations from India and the Republic of Korea will also observe the exercise, with a total of 18 nations from across the Indo-Pacific invited to an international visitors program.
Please scroll through the image gallery above for a look at the exercise so far.