US, Australia test high-end war fighting skills in major war games

Approximately thirty-three thousand (33,000) personnel from United States Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force will join in the biennial military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in Australia from July 5 to 21, US Navy Pacific Fleet said.

“Talisman Sabre will incorporate U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force as well as other government agencies from each country,” the Pacific Fleet said.

The training exercise will feature 21 vessels including the US aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), more than 200 aircraft and three submarines.

“This sixth iteration of the exercise will focus on joint training of a Combined Task Force of U.S. and Australian forces in a mid-intensity, high-end operation, incorporating interagency participation. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea, and air training throughout multiple training areas in and around Australia.

“This exercise is a major undertaking and illustrates the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship,” Pacific Fleet adds.

Royal Australian Navy modified Leander-class light cruiser HMAS Perth Commanding Officer Captain Ivan Ingham said Talisman Sabre “is a terrific exercise in terms of its complexity and size.”

“We really value the opportunity to work with the United States and the US Marines in an amphibious construct, both to test our interoperability and also our high end warfighting skills,” the Australian Navy Captain said.