Australia conducts regular exercises with visiting foreign military forces, and Australia and the United States (US) have been conducting combined military exercises for the last three decades.
Exercise Talisman Sabre is a biennial military exercise which combines Australian and US air, land and maritime forces. It is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Exercise Talisman Sabre is designed to train Australian and US forces to plan and conduct Joint Combined Task Force operations to support and strengthen Defence’s capability to defend Australia and its national interests. This will be the fifth time Exercise Talisman Sabre has been conducted, with Exercises held in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Exercise Talisman Sabre 2013 (TS13) involves 23,000 Defence personnel and will be conducted in July 2013. The Exercise will take place at a range of Defence training areas predominantly in Queensland and possibly the Northern Territory.
Based on fictional scenarios, the Exercise includes combined Special Forces operations, parachute drops, amphibious landings, land force manoeuvres, urban and air operations and the coordinated firing of live ammunition. The fictional scenarios are designed to bring the different branches of the Australian and US military together in a combined environment.
Conducting the Exercise ensures ADF personnel are better prepared for deployment into areas of active conflict worldwide through added experience and confidence.