Defence training with some help from friends
The US Army is flexing its muscle again in Central Queensland.
With the help of NSS stevedores, more than 400 loads of military hardware, including helicopters, were discharged at Gladstone port recently.
It was bound for Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton in support of joint operation Talisman Sabre (TS17).
TS17 is a biennial combined Australian and United States training activity, designed to hone both combat readiness and the way the allies combine to fight the enemy.
It’s the seventh time the exercise has been conducted and involves more than 30,000 Australian and US defence personnel.
TS17 will incorporate force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, and urban, air and maritime operations.
There’ll also be coordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft, the Department of Defence said.
The majority of TS17 field training exercise activities will take place in Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
Field activities will also occur in Mount Bundy Training Area, south of Darwin.
TS17 is scheduled to take place from late June through to late July 2017.