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TALISMAN SABRE WRAP
August 18, 2011
Two years in
MASSIVE US CONTRIBUTION: Left, a US
Navy C-2A Greyhound taxis to its hangar after
another re-supply mission to the USS George
Photo: CPL Mark McConnell Several fictitious countries were created
for TS11 including Kamaria, an inde-
pendent state north of Australia that was
determined to increase its influence in
the South Pacific region.
As a result of Kamarian aggression,
regional relationships progressively dete-
riorated which led to the United Nations
authorising US and Australian coalition
military operations to restore peace in
The initial hostilities involved maritime
and air engagement across the top of
TS11 was designed to ensure all forces
had challenging obstacles to overcome
and it included less conventional
situations such as displaced persons,
humanitarian assistance and a mass
Through the use of clever obstacle and
diversionary tactics, the Kamarian forces
imposed significant delays on the friendly
forces. Consequently, the friendly forces
had not achieved their objectives at the
end of the exercise.
FROM Darwin in the north to as far
south as Williamtown they came, they
saw -- and they cooperated.
And as the dust settles on Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11), the
flow-on benefits will continue to be
felt throughout the Air Force and the
It was an opportunity to experi-
ence conventional operations with our
closest allies on a grand scale and the
benefit to personnel from pilots to
ground support staff has been a pro-
It's a monumental achievement --
two years in the planning -- in bring-
ing together 8500 ADF personnel and
14,000 US Navy, Army, Air Force and
The success of the exercise in
improving the operating relationship
between both nations is unquestion-
Just as impressive is the success
at the individual level between coun-
For aircrews, training on this scale
is an opportunity to validate the day-
to-day training in high-end warfare
and the complex operating environ-
ment that brings.
For the Super Hornets, it was the
first time that Australian pilots had oper-
ated them on a Talisman Sabre exercise.
1SQN CO WGCDR Murray Jones
said it was an important part of a
"The real benefit of these exer-
cises is the exposure that crews get to
the challenges involved in large-scale,
joint war-fighting environments,"
WGCDR Jones said.
"The inevitable 'fog of war' issues
are encountered and challenges exist
in pre-mission tasking and coordina-
tion, as well as during mission execu-
tion and command and control."
WGCDR Jones said 1SQN crews
flew three to four missions each week
out of Amberley on sorties from three
to four hours supported by US Marine
Corps C-130 air-refuelling tankers.
He said the squadron was involved
with Australian and US ground forc-
es, which was essential in gaining an
understanding of what 1SQN would
encounter if it was to be involved in a
air-to-ground support scenario.
'The real benefit of
these exercises is the
exposure that crews
get to the challenges
involved in large-
scale, joint war-fight-
-- WGCDR Murray Jones
LAC Jay Walker
take off during
Photo: CPL Steven
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