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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.