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Army July 7, 2011
MORE than 22,000 Australian and US military per-
sonnel will take part in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011
at Shoalwater Bay from July 11-29.
Talisman Sabre is a biennial joint training activity
of the US Pacific Command and ADF Joint Operations
Command to train US and Australian troops to operate
in a combined task force.
Brig Bob Brown, HQJOC, said the exercise was a
unique opportunity to exercise joint defence capability
between the two countries.
"This is a major undertaking, which reflects the
closeness of the Australian and US alliance and the
strength of the military-to-military relationship," Brig
This year's exercise is the first time there will be
significant involvement from other Australian and US
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
AusAID, Australian Federal Police and the Asia Pacific
Civil-Military Centre of Excellence will all be actively
involved in exercise scenarios.
US agencies participating in the exercise include
the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction
and Stabilisation, and members of the US Civilian
Response Corps from the Departments of State, Justice,
Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Health and
Human Services, and the US Agency for International
Brig Brown said the inclusion of civil agencies this
year would help strengthen civil-military collaboration
for future operations.
Although predominantly operating in the Shoalwater
Bay Training Area near Rockhampton, some of the
14,000 US and 8500 Australian personnel will also work
from RAAF bases in Townsville, Darwin, Tindal and
Amberley. Exercises will also be conducted in the Coral,
Timor and Arafura Seas.
to hit SW Bay
Gems of wisdom to
share in exchange
By Lt Bill Heck
A COMPANY of Thai soldiers headed bush
with 6RAR troops in May to share war-fight-
ing and counter-insurgency skills.
Exercise Temple Jade is a regular recipro-
cal soldier exchange between Australia and
Thailand, with participants sharing information
on tactics, techniques, procedures and weapon
Soldiers also get some time off to take in and
appreciate another culture.
The soldiers from the Royal Thai Army's 25th
Infantry Regiment have been involved in counter-
insurgency operations in the southern provinces
of Thailand and shared practical lessons on oper-
ations with their Australian counterparts.
The OC of 6RAR's Delta Coy, Maj Andrew
McQuilkin, said it was great to see the doctrine
and way of thinking of another Army's soldiers
engaged in counter-insurgency operations.
"This is all about interoperability, giving our
soldiers challenges where they need to find solu-
tions, and giving us all a chance to look at how
others have handled similar problems to those
my soldiers have experienced," he said.
Visiting Royal Thai Army Maj Prakash
Chanchana said his men would benefit from
seeing the way the Australians approached their
training in the lead up to deployments.
"We have the impression the Australian Army
is 100 per cent combat ready by having a combat
focus," he said.
"We also need to fill civilian roles at times,
but a focus like the Australians have would help
us to manage a whole lot better -- we take that as
big homework for us to improve."
Working together: Sgt Terry Toon, 6RAR, lectures a combined company of
Australian and Thai soldiers on harbour drills with help from interpreter WO2 Milan
Nettleton during Ex Temple Jade at the Greenbank training range.
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