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Foreign forces arrive in Darwin for Exercise Southern Jackaroo

Japanese troops have touched down in the Top End to participate in Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021.

Japanese troops have touched down in the Top End to participate in Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021.

Personnel from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) have joined US Marines and ADF troops in Darwin ahead of Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021 — a trilateral field training exercise aimed at building interoperability between the nations.


According to Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, the annual exercise would reinforce co-operation across a range of disciplines, including infantry, aviation, artillery and combat engineer training.

“The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Marine Rotational Force - Darwin will bring more equipment this year, allowing for a more complex exercise to advance our ability to work together,” LTGEN Burr said.

“During the exercise, the three forces will conduct complex activities co-ordinating artillery, unmanned aircraft systems and rotary wing assets. 

“There is a lot to learn from our partners and this trilateral format allows us to better understand our respective capabilities.”

Foreign troops are subject to quarantine requirements prior to departure and on arrival into Australia.


Exercise Southern Jackaroo 2021 will kick off on 15 June following an opening ceremony and will conclude on 25 June.

Foreign military personnel from the US, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand and the UK are also arriving in Australia for Exercise Talisman Sabre.

France, India and Indonesia are also expected to participate as observer nations.

The exercise is designed to strengthen interoperability through combined and Joint Task Force operations.

This year’s exercise, which will mark the ninth iteration, is expected to involve a field training exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, ground force manoeuvre, urban operations, air combat and maritime operations.

Exercise Talisman Sabre is scheduled to commence on 14 July 2021 with an opening ceremony at RAAF Base Amberley, and will wrap-up on 31 July 2021.

[Related: International forces to arrive for Exercise Talisman Sabre]

Charbel Kadib

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Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

Foreign forces arrive in Darwin for Exercise Southern Jackaroo
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