Saturday, June 20, 2015

Preparations for Talisman Saber 2015 gaining traction

Over the past week or so, preparations for the biennial Australia - United States military exercise, Talisman Saber, has been gaining traction and for the first time, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Japanese Self Defence Force (JSDF) will join Australian and US forces in the 2015 wargames.

Of interest, Talisman Saber is primarily conducted to improve combat training, readiness and interoperability across a wide spectrum of military activities and reflects the closeness of the Australian / US alliance and ongoing military - military relationship.      

Additionally, Talisman Saber forms part of the extensive training program for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to ensure the Australian military is prepared to protect and support the nation and national interests.

Among a number of other exercises throughout the region and further beyond, Talisman Saber also contributes towards the ability for Australian and US military forces to work together safely yet efficiently.

With no shortage of activity coming and going at Rockhampton Airport in recent days, and nodoubt just the beginning for much more to come, local planespotter Ash Burggraaff has been on the scene  capturing some of the movements and has kindly allowed Air Queensland.blogspot to share the sightings.

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules NZ7005. (Ash Burggraaff) 
RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules NZ7005. (Ash Burggraaff) 

RNZAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules NZ7005. (Ash Burggraaff) 

RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-211. (Ash Burggraaff)   

Australian Army ARH Tiger's. (Ash Burggraaff) 

Australian Army ARH Tiger A38-013. (Ash Burggraaff) 

Australian Army ARH Tiger A38-013. (Ash Burggraaff)