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Largest bilateral amphibious assault conducted as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre

Photo: New Zealand Army vehicles convoy from Gladstone to Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Photo: NZ Defence Force

 

The largest Australian-led amphibious landing and offensive assault since World War Two recently took place off the Central Queensland coast under Exercise Talisman Sabre.

HMNZS Canterbury arrives at Gladstone, Australia delivering vehicles for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Photo: NZ Defence Force

Soldiers from Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and New Zealand disembarked from a Combined Expeditionary Strike Group and assaulted Langham Beach, near Stanage Bay before moving into an extended operational zone across the region.

New Zealand Army vehicles convoy from Gladstone to Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Photo: NZ Defence Force

Major General Roger Noble, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations for the Australian Defence Force said the amphibious assault was a key phase of Exercise Talisman Sabre, the largest military exercise to take place in Australia.

New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicles prepare to move on to the next phase of the exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia. Photo: NZ Defence Force

“Through exercises like Talisman Sabre, we demonstrate the strength, viability, and endurance of the alliance between Australia and the United States as well as the varying levels of interoperability between our services,” Major General Noble said.

Soldiers from Task Group Black arrive at the assembly area, and prepare to advance south along Shoalwater Bay. Photo: NZ Defence Force

Colonel Matt Sieber, Colonel Amphibious for Australia’s Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, from the United States Marine Corps, said the large-scale amphibious assault began as troops prepared for the assault.

“Once the beachhead was secured, the amphibious assault group moved in, utilising amphibious assault vehicles, landing craft and simultaneous helicopter insertions into landing zones to come ashore,” Colonel Sieber said.

New Zealand Defence Force soldiers and Light Armoured Vehicles from Task Group Black move through the Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Photo: NZ Defence Force

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 is the largest combined exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force, with participation of more than 34,000 personnel, 30 ships and 200 aircraft from across Australia, the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada.

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