Australia: TALISMAN SABER 2013 Kick Starts

TALISMAN SABER 2013 Kick Starts

Exercise TALISMAN SABER 2013 has commenced, with more than 28,000 soldiers, sailors, air men and women taking to the sea, land and sky in northern Australia.

TALISMAN SABER is a biennial training activity jointly sponsored by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Operations Command and the US Pacific Command to train the United States 7th Fleet and Australian Deployable Joint Headquarters staffs as a designated Combined Task Force.

Australian TALISMAN SABER 2013 spokesman Brigadier Bob Brown, said the training activity would see the US and Australia mobilise their forces to react to a fictional scenario.

“The scenario will be a peace enforcement mission, that sets the conditions for the task force to hand over to a United Nations peacekeeping force,” Brigadier Brown said.

“The forces will operate in military training areas in central and south-east Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Coral, Timor and Arafura seas. Shoalwater Bay Training Area will be used predominantly, with a large staging area at Defence Base Rockhampton.

“This year TALISMAN SABER sees further practice and progression of Defence’s emerging amphibious capability. The exercise will be the third block of training for the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment’s Amphibious Ready Element Landing Force.

“TALISMAN SABER is a unique and invaluable opportunity to exercise combined and joint Defence capability between Australia and the US.

“As with the previous TALISMAN SABER exercises, this activity is a major undertaking reflecting the Australian and US alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship,” Brigadier Brown said.

Approximately 21,000 US and 7000 Australian Defence Force personnel will be involved in the exercise. Other Australian government agencies will also be involved including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AusAID, Australian Federal Police, and Australian Civil-Military Centre.

The ADF has conducted a full environmental impact assessment on the Shoalwater Bay region and strong measures have been put in place for participants to respect and protect the marine environment within which they will be operating.

Press Release, July 15, 2013; Image: Australian Navy