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HMAS Canberra Air Operations
27 Jul 2017
HMAS Canberra conducts air operations with International Navies during Exercise Talisman Saber 17. The Talisman Saber series of exercises is the principal Australian and United States Military Training activity focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity ‘high end’ war fighting. Exercise Talisman Saber is the largest combined, joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and provides invaluable experience to ADF personnel to improve combat training, readiness and interoperability, exposing participants to a wide spectrum of military capabilities and training experiences. The biennial exercise was conducted for the seventh time in 2017, involving more than 30,000 US and Australian participants, operating in the maritime, land and air environments.
KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport
17 Jul 2017
KC-30 Multi Role Tanker Transport Operations during Exercise Talisman Saber 2017. Now in its seventh iteration, the Talisman Saber series of exercises is the principal Australian and US military training activity focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity "high end" war fighting in the air, land and maritime domains. TS 17 incorporates force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and a number of live fire components. It is designed to practice Australian and US combined operations, demonstrating the Allies' interoperability and preparedness to deliver a military response.
Australia and US train in the Top End
07 Jul 2017
The Northern Territory component of Exercise Talisman Saber 2017, called Field Training Exercise – North (FTX-N), takes place from 21 June to 7 July at Mount Bundey Training Area, over the skies of the NT and on the seas off Darwin. FTX-N is one of the largest military exercises in the Top End this year, involving more than 3,700 personnel and including the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.
Growlers full fleet arrive in Australia
07 Jul 2017
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, together with the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, today welcomed the full fleet of EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to RAAF Base Amberley. Since the first two Growlers arrived in Australia in February 2017, the fleet has grown to the full twelve scheduled aircraft. The Growler is based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe and fitted with additional avionics, enhanced radio frequency receivers, an improved communications suite and radio-frequency jamming pods that enable it to jam enemy systems. It will provide a complementary capability to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the F-35A Lightning II aircraft.
28 Jun 2017
Exercise Diamond Storm, run by the Air Warfare Centre, is one of the practical components of the Air Warfare Instructors Course which graduates students who are experts in Australian Defence Force capabilities and integration across the services, and also have technical mastery of their own roles, capabilities and systems.
ADF Support to PNG Elections
22 Jun 2017
ADF Support to PNG Elections. Operation HANNAH is a support mission based on a direct request for assistance from the PNG Government. The ADF is supporting the Australian Whole-of-Government effort to support Papua New Guinea’s National Election process. Joint Task Group 658, comprises ADF elements that provide specialist support capabilities, particularly helicopters and logistic assets that are not readily available in PNG. Operation HANNAH is an element of a wider Australian assistance program to PNG, focused on supporting the PNG authorities to conduct a safe, free and fair national election.