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August 1, 2013
MORE than 28,000 ADF and US
Navy, Air Force and Army personnel
are taking to the sea, land and sky in
northern Australia as part of Exercise
Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13), which
runs until August 6. Nearly 300
Australian airmen and women are
involved in the fifth iteration of the
The biennial training activity is
jointly sponsored by the ADF Joint
Operations Command and the US
Pacific Command. It has been train-
ing the US 7th Fleet and Australian
Deployable Joint Headquarters per-
sonnel as a designated Combined
Task Force in a mid-intensity, con-
flict scenario. The personnel are tak-
ing part in simulated humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief opera-
Australian TS13 spokesman
BRIG Bob Brown said the training
activity involved US and Australian
forces mobilising to react to a fic-
"The scenario is a peace enforce-
ment mission that sets the conditions
for the task force to hand over to a
United Nations peacekeeping force,"
BRIG Brown said.
"The forces are operating in
military training areas in central and
south-east Queensland, the Northern
Territory and the Coral, Timor
and Arafura seas. Shoalwater Bay
Training Area will be used predomi-
nantly, with a large staging area at
Defence Base Rockhampton."
TS13 kicked off with a ceremony
and open day at the Rockhampton
Show Grounds on July 14 and
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret
Strelow gave a warm welcome to the
"Please enjoy the hospitality of
our city," Ms Strelow said. "Make
yourselves at home as old friends
should, and from the generation that
gets to enjoy the peace that was won
in those tumultuous and dark days,
we thank you for a friendship that
has proven its mettle."
US and Australian personnel
answered questions from local resi-
dents about military life and the use
of military assets displayed at the
show grounds that were used in the
field portion of the exercise.
Already in its fifth iteration,
TS13 aims to improve ADF and US
combat readiness and interoperabil-
ity, according to American Consul
General to Sydney Neils Marquardt.
"This exercise is the largest exer-
cise that the United States does with
any single nation anywhere on earth,"
"We do it in Australia. This is
an enormously important exercise,
very much reflecting the friendship
between our two countries."
BRIG Brown said through-
out TS13, the US and ADF aim to
enhance multilateral collaboration in
support of future combined opera-
tions, humanitarian emergencies and
natural disaster response to show both
countries' dedication to maintaining
regional security, peace and stability.
"Talisman Saber is a unique and
invaluable opportunity to exercise
combined and joint Defence capabil-
ity between Australia and the US,"
The Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade, AusAID,
Australian Federal Police and the
Australian Civil-Military Centre are
also involved in the exercise.
Additional reporting by US
Airman 1st Class Marianique Santos
ALL HANDS ON DECK
US CPL James Gulliver
Military working dogs take
the security teams' training to
the next level during Talisman
The dogs play an essential
role in airport security, provid-
ing the security teams the edge
they need to keep any threat
at bay, according to SECFOR
3 detachment commander
FLGOFF John Higgins.
"The working dogs' tasks
involve intruder detection,
scent trailing, and attack work,"
These dogs, particularly at
night, are able to detect anyone
coming on or off the airfield
far faster than we are able to
SECFOR 2 dog handler
LAC Lloyd Burbage said the
dogs can pick up an intruder's
scent from more than 229
metres away, making them vital
during night-time patrols.
"The dogs can also track
someone up to 3219m away,
making it hard for trespassers
to escape undetected," he said.
SECFOR 2 personnel are
assigned to force protection
duties at Rockhampton Airport
for the duration of TS13.
Throughout the exercise
the security forces will monitor
incoming traffic, preventing any
breaches of security.
Some members of SEC-
FOR 2 personnel have had the
opportunity to work with dog
handling teams serving with
the US military, providing valu-
able information to enhance
their job performance.
"We have learned a lot from
the Americans, such as differ-
ent dog training techniques,
how to use different equipment
and security techniques that
will be vital in our future opera-
tions," FLGOFF Higgins said.
LAC Burbage said dur-
ing their free time, the dog
handlers got to know their dogs
and develop a better connec-
tion with them.
"We really have to spend a
lot of time with our dogs," he
"The better relationship we
have with them now, the more
we will be able to control them
in a real-life situation."
While the presence of the
working dogs plays a vital role
in security, their importance
is also beyond a combat role,
FLGOFF Higgins said.
"They really have a posi-
tive effect on morale; all our
airmen love being around
the dogs and interacting with
them," he said.
KEEPING TROOPS SAFE ON EXERCISE
GET HIM BOY: SECFOR 2 Dog handler CPL Douglas Marc guides his dog Ajax to assault SGT
Rod Griffin during an attack drill at Rockhampton Airport.
Photo: US CPL James Gulliver
EN ROUTE: US
Marine Corps person-
nel deployed to Darwin
board a 36SQN C-17
for Talisman Saber.
Five C-17s have trav-
elled from Joint Base
in Anchorage Alaska to
deliver more than 400
soldiers to the exercise.
Photo: LS Jo Dilorenzo
the post-in documen-
tation on board USS
Blue Ridge at Fleet
Base East, Sydney,
before sailing for
Saber 2013. Left,
FLTLT Chris Loads-
man maintains air
traffic at RAAF Base
Photos: AB Chantell Bianchi
and LAC Dan Pinhorn
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