Japan, New Zealand join major Australia-US exercise

The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and New Zealand Defence Force are joining Australian Defence Force (ADF) and United States Armed Forces in this year’s Exercise Talisman Sabre. This is the first time for Japan and New Zealand to join the said military exercise.

Talisman Sabre is Australia’s premier bilateral exercise with the United States.

“About 40 members from the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) will work with US forces in the conduct of the exercise. A New Zealand contingent of over 500 personnel, including ships and aircraft, will operate as part of the Australian forces,” Australia’s Department of Defense said.

Australia’s Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said “while Exercise TALISMAN SABRE remains Australia’s premier bilateral exercise with the United States, it provides an excellent opportunity for the ADF to practice operating with the New Zealand Defence Force and JSDF in a realistic training environment.”

The training exercise will feature approximately thirty-three thousand (33,000) personnel, 21 vessels including the US aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), more than 200 aircraft and three submarines.