Opening ceremony for the exercise Talisman Sabre 2011
ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (July 9, 2011) - Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, right, meets and greets soldiers of the Royal Australian Army at the opening ceremony for the exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Talisman Sabre 2011 is a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations in order to improve Australian/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. The exercise reflects the closeness, alliance and strength of the ongoing military-military relationship between the U.S. and Australia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth R. Hendrix)
Exercise Talisman Sabre begins in northern Australia
By Combined Joint Information Bureau Australia
CAMP ROCKY, ROCKHAMPTON, Australia - The start of joint United States (US) and Australia military training exercise, Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11), was marked with a successful Open Day event at the Rockhampton showgrounds in central Queensland yesterday.

The event, which featured a large array of military vehicles and equipment, attracted a strong crowd and set the tone for what is certain to be a productive and rewarding training experience for both countries.

Overall combined Joint Task Force Commander, Vice Admiral Scott Van Buskirk, Commander US 7th Fleet, said it was important for Australia and the US to maintain close ties through exercises like Talisman Sabre 2011.

“By exercising together we will increase interoperability, flexibility and readiness which will help us maintain peace and stability in the Pacific,” Vice Admiral Van Buskirk said.

“We’re continuing to work together to protect our interests, provide humanitarian assistance, and share information.”

Australian spokesperson Brigadier Bob Brown said around 22,000 personnel from US and Australia would train in real world scenarios providing invaluable experience for every level of military across all services, as well as a range of other government agencies.

“Exercise Talisman Sabre is the most complex bilateral 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,” said Brigadier Brown.

Australia and its US military counterparts will conduct land, sea and air training throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory from 11-29 July.
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