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More than 30,000 troops deployed for joint Australian US military training operation Exercise Talisman Sabre

Cain AndrewsThe Kimberley Echo
United States Army aircrew watch an Australian Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter land from their UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 at RAAF Base Townsville.
Camera IconUnited States Army aircrew watch an Australian Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter land from their UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 at RAAF Base Townsville. Credit: Australian Defence Force LAC Ryan Howell/Royal Australian Air Force

Over the past week, Australia’s West Kimberley and Top End witnessed an impressive display of military cooperation as the 10th iteration of Exercise Talisman Sabre took place with its largest force yet.

The joint exercise, conducted by Australia, the US, and other defence partners, brought together over 30,000 military personnel from 13 nations in a display of international collaboration.

A significant portion of the exercise took place at Curtin Airbase near Derby, where approximately 3,000 troops were deployed to carry out various training exercises.

Running from July 22 to August 4, Exercise Talisman Sabre showcased the combined capabilities of the participating nations with exercise encompassing a wide array of activities including amphibious landings, ground force manoeuvrers, as well as air combat and maritime operations.

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Fiji, France, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand Papua New Guinea, Tonga, the UK, Canada and Germany participated directly in the exercise while the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand also attended as observers.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, prepares to launch in support of Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023.
Camera IconA U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, prepares to launch in support of Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023. Credit: Australian Defence Force 1st Lt Robert H. Dabbs
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, taxi to launch for Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023
Camera IconA U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, taxi to launch for Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023 Credit: Australian Defence Force 1st Lt Robert H. Dabbs
Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons,, taxi to launch during Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023.
Camera IconTwo U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons,, taxi to launch during Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023. Credit: Australian Defence Force 1st Lt Robert H. Dabbs
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, prepares to launch in support of Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023.
Camera IconA U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor from the 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, prepares to launch in support of Talisman Sabre 23 at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023. Credit: Australian Defence Force 1st Lt Robert H. Dabbs
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35A Lightning II from the No. 75 Squadron, taxis past a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, as part of Talisman Sabre 23, at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023.
Camera IconA Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35A Lightning II from the No. 75 Squadron, taxis past a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor 199th Air Expeditionary Squadron, known as the Hawaiian Raptors Squadron, comprised of the 19th and the 199th Fighter Squadrons, as part of Talisman Sabre 23, at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia, July 23, 2023. Credit: Australian Defence Force 1st Lt Robert H. Dabbs
Australian Army soldiers from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment conduct a tactical road move on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 at Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland.
Camera IconAustralian Army soldiers from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment conduct a tactical road move on Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 at Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland. Credit: Australian Defence Force CPL Brandon Grey/3 BDE Public Affairs
An Australian Army special forces soldier from 2nd Commando Regiment and a United States Army soldier from 1st Special Forces Group prepare for a static-line parachuting training jump side-by-side at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023.
Camera IconAn Australian Army special forces soldier from 2nd Commando Regiment and a United States Army soldier from 1st Special Forces Group prepare for a static-line parachuting training jump side-by-side at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney ahead of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023. Credit: Australian Defence Force Corporal Cameron Pegg/AHQ-DAC
Colonel Ben McLennan briefs civilian Reservist employers during the BOSS X program on the range of activities carried out by Australian Defence Force personnel at Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland.
Camera IconColonel Ben McLennan briefs civilian Reservist employers during the BOSS X program on the range of activities carried out by Australian Defence Force personnel at Townsville Field Training Area, Queensland. Credit: Australian Defence Force CPL Julia Whitwell/Australian Department of Defence

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