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Tempo gathers pace as Exercise Talisman Sabre rolls into Bowen

Defence personnel from Australia, the US, Japan and the UK conducted a series of complex amphibious activities on Monday in the Queensland community of Bowen as a part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

Over the past three weeks, training has been undertaken across Queensland and offshore by soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and airwomen with the landings at Bowen reaching a critical phase in the battle scenario.

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Personnel from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, and the British Royal Marine Commandos came ashore in an amphibious assault, while US Marines and Japan Self-Defense Forces concurrently stormed King’s Beach securing the site against a fictitious enemy.

Soldiers from all nations then moved throughout town on foot and by vehicle to secure other objectives and the community of Bowen.

Australian Army Colonel Stuart Kenny, Director of Joint Collective Training, said it was a culmination of the skills personnel have developed over the course of Exercise Talisman Sabre.

"This was a highly complex activity and we saw the hard work of like-minded nations working together on land, in the air and at sea," COL Kenny said.

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US Army Colonel Jeffrey Gottlieb, Deputy Director for Exercise Talisman Sabre, said the activity could not occur without the support and patience of the local community while personnel conducted these activities throughout July.

"I want to say thank you to the people of Bowen and to Queensland overall for their hospitability," COL Gottlieb said.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 19 is a bilateral combined Australian and US training activity. TS19 is designed to practice 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 the 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.

Tempo gathers pace as Exercise Talisman Sabre rolls into Bowen
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