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THE biggest exercise of the year,
Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11), has
taken off up north with Air Force
right in the thick of the action.
2SQN continues to make his-
tory and develop its operating expe-
rience by providing a Wedgetail
Airborne Early Warning and
Control aircraft for the exercise.
Based out of RAAF Base
Tindal, it is operating alongside
F/A-18As from 75SQN.
At RAAF Base Amberley,
another new asset is making its
debut to Talisman Sabre -- F/A-18F
Super Hornets from 1SQN.
Other RAAF assets included
C-17A, C-130, AP-3C, Hawk 127
and King Air aircraft.
They are all part of the 9000
ADF personnel who have joined
more than 14,000 US personnel for
the exercise from July 11 to 29.
About 130 land and carrier-
based aircraft are participating.
The US Air Force has brought
F-15C Eagle fighters and KC-135
air-to-air refuellers from Kadena
Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan,
both of which are operating from
RAAF Base Darwin.
In the Arafura Sea, the aircraft
carrier USS George Washington
is launching US Navy Hornet and
Super Hornet jets for missions over
the Northern Territory.
TS11 is a combined exercise
designed to train Australian and US
forces in planning and conducting
combined task force operations to
improve ADF/US combat readiness
It is being conducted at ADF
training facilities in Queensland,
and the Northern Territory as well
as the waters of the nearby Arafura
and Coral seas.
Included in these are RAAF
Bases Darwin, Tindal and
Townsville, the Delamere Range
Facility and Bradshaw Field
Training Area in the Northern
Territory, and associated airspac-
es. The start of the exercise was
marked with a successful open day
at the Rockhampton showgrounds on
July 9, which attracted a large crowd.
The first week comprised a
range of briefings and other work-
up activities before the exercise
swung into top gear on July 15.
Combined Joint Task Force com-
mander VADM Scott Van Buskirk,
Commander US 7th Fleet, said it was
important for Australia and the US
to maintain close ties with exercises
"By exercising together we will
increase interoperability, flexibility
and readiness, which will help us
maintain peace and stability in the
Pacific," VADM Van Buskirk said.
BRIG Bob Brown, from
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Headquarters Joint Operations
Command, said the forces will train
in real-world scenarios, which will
provide invaluable experience for
every level of military across all
services, as well as a range of other
"TS11 is the most complex bilat-
eral exercise that Australia conducts
with the US and we all look forward
over the next few weeks to delivering
the training we need to ensure both
countries are ready to work together
in the future," BRIG Brown said.
More coverage next edition
on to Super
JUST GETTING STARTED: Above, LAC Duncan Cook, of
1CCS, plots the map in the command post in the lead-up
to Ex Talisman Sabre 2011; top left inset, a 1SQN Super
Hornet with ordnance loaded takes to the skies above
Amberley; bottom left inset, a 76SQN Hawk 127 takes off;
right, MWD Tank and his handler LAC Tim Harcourt of
381ECSS guard the flightline at Rockhampton airport.
Photos: LS Andrew Dakin, LACW Tricia Wiles and CPL Peter Borys
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