S cut­ting- edge games

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

n Sabre is wind­ing end two weeks of ralia war games e than 30,000 00 air­craft and the ex­er­cise was ning lo­ca­tions in the and cen­tral luded the largest n in which Aus­tralia e World War II. e am­phibi­ous as­sets em­barked troops nd took part in the

ier this month with HMAS Choules the sole Aus­tralian am­phibi­ous ship avail­able for the ex­er­cise.

Held on al­ter­nate years, Tal­is­man Sabre is the most im­por­tant bi­lat­eral set­piece ex­er­cise be­tween the ADF and US forces.

Be­yond its train­ing value, the ex­er­cise serves a “cer­ti­fi­ca­tion” func­tion for for­mally val­i­dat­ing cer­tain ca­pa­bil­i­ties on both sides of the al­liance.

Tal­is­man Sabre has con­trib­uted to Aus­tralia’s cov­eted sta­tus as the most in­ter­op­er­a­ble of Amer­ica’s Pa­cific- based al­lies, although in quan­ti­ta­tive ca­pac­ity terms it lags be­hind Ja­pan and Korea.

Pic­ture: COR­PO­RAL MARK DO­RAN

an Aus­tralian Army M- 777 How­itzer in the NT as part of Ex­er­cise Tal­is­man Sabre.

HMAS Launce­s­ton was among the 21 ships in­volved in the in­ten­sive US- Aus­tralian train­ing ex­er­cise.

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