Talisman Sabre 2019 Exercise Commence Whistle is Blown at USS RONALD REAGAN

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BRISBANE, Australia (July 7, 2019) Rear Adm. Karl Thomas, commander of Task Force 70, speaks in the hangar bay aboard the Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during during a reception celebrating the opening of exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

On July 7, the largest bilateral exercise between U.S. and Australia named Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been started aboard on aircraft carrier USS RONALD REAGAN, in the port of Brisbane.

Australian defense minister Linda Reynolds CSC said the exercise was designed to enhance combat readiness and interoperability between the Australian and United States armed forces.

“Exercise Talisman Sabre will involve more than 34,000 personnel from Australia and the United States,” minister Reynolds said.

“Forces from Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will be embedded alongside Australian Defence Force personnel, and delegations from India and the Republic of Korea will observe the exercise. Eighteen nations from across the Indo-Pacific region have also been invited to an international visitors program.”

“Forces from Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom will be embedded alongside Australian Defence Force personnel, and delegations from India and the Republic of Korea will observe the exercise. Eighteen nations from across the Indo-Pacific region have also been invited to an international visitors program.”

The Talisman Sabre series of exercises is the principle Australian and US military bilateral training exercise focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity “high end” warfighting. Historically Talisman Sabre exercises have been conducted across northern and eastern Australia, and within Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Additional participants from third party nations may participate or observe the exercise if invited.

The majority of TS19 exercise activities will take place in the existing ADF Shoalwater Bay Training Area and surrounding State Forests, near Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Other events will occur around Stanage Bay and the Capricorn Coast, Whitsunday Region (Bowen, Proserpine and surrounding areas), Mackay region (including south of Sarina), Bundaberg and surrounding region, the ADF Townsville Field Training Area and the ADF Evans Head Air Weapons Range.

There are no TS19 exercise activities currently planned elsewhere in Australia.

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