Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Australia - Two Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure the beach at Freshwater Bay, Queensland, Australia as the second wave of Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) land as part of an amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11), July 19, 2011. Approximately 350 Marines assaulted the beach signifying the start of TS11. TS11 is a biennial joint international training exercise held through the month of July aimed at improving and validating the Australian Defence Force and United States combat readiness and interoperability as a combined joint task force.
Mid caption: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 is a combined U.S. and Australian exercise aimed at improving combat training, readiness and interoperability, across the spectrum of military operations from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts. The exercise forms part of the Australia Defence Forces’ extensive training program to ensure preparedness or any future deployments and the continued readiness to protect and support Australia and its national interests and to ensure Australian and US military forces can work together efficiently and safely. More than 22,000 Australian and US personnel will participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, which will see personnel and assets from the Australian and US Navy, Army and Air force as well as the US Marines training in six Defence training areas in Central and Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory, with maritime forces exercising in the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.
U.S. Army photo by Specialist Marcus Fichtl
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