U.S., Australian Forces to Conduct military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2011

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    U.S., Australian Forces to Conduct Talisman Sabre 2011
    UNITED STATES - 22 JUNE 2011

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- More than 22,000 U.S. and Australian personnel will participate in the military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 in Australia during the month of July.

    Talisman Sabre, jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Operations Command, will train the U.S. 7th Fleet and Australian Deployable Joint Headquarters staffs as a designated Combined Task Force.

    Approximately 14,000 U.S. and 8,500 Australian personnel will take part in the exercise. Talisman Sabre will be conducted July 11 – 29, with the main exercise commencing July 18 – 29.

    Brigadier Bob Brown, the Australian spokesman for Talisman Sabre, said that the exercise provides an invaluable opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries' ability to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts.

    He said Australia and the United States are committed to delivering disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and that exercising interoperability with the U.S. and other mission participants assists in the development of proficiency in this area.

    For the first time there will be significant involvement from other Australian and United States government agencies making this truly a collaborative government effort.

    Active participation by Australian government entities includes the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Australian Civilian Corps, Australian Federal Police, and the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence.

    U.S. participating agencies include the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization and members of the U.S. Civilian Response Corps from: the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Health & Human Services, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Other direct U.S. participation outside the Civilian Response Corps includes USAID and the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    This joint cooperation will further strengthen civil-military collaboration for future operations and the bilateral partnerships between the United States and Australia.

    "Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving ADF and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability as a Combined Joint Task Force. The inclusion of Australian and United States Government and Policing agencies will enhance our ability to work collaboratively in support of future complex operations, humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters," Brown said.

    United States and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout various training areas.

    The training will be concentrated in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton in central Queensland, but will also include training locations at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville, RAAF Base Darwin, RAAF Base Tindal, RAAF Base Amberley, Canungra and the maritime areas of the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.

    "Talisman Sabre is a realistic and challenging exercise that brings us together with our Australian allies to improve our ability to work both bilaterally and multilaterally, and be poised to provide security for own citizens both regionally and globally," said Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and overall combined task force commander for Talisman Sabre.

    The U.S. and Australia train and work together in a variety of exercises and missions throughout the year including Pacific Partnership, which is the largest humanitarian and civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific. Pacific Partnership began early April and will conclude in late July.

    "This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, an alliance which has played a vital role in defining our military cooperation in this region and beyond," Van Buskirk said. "We collaborate extensively in a number of areas, including information sharing, intelligence, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and these efforts help shape a more stable, prosperous region."

    This exercise is a major undertaking which reflects the closeness of the Australian and U.S. alliance and the strength of the military-to-military relationship.
     
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    Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) Departs for Talisman Sabre
    UNITED STATES - 23 JUNE 2011

    Ships of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) got underway June 23 for a patrol of the Western Pacific region and to participate in the bilateral exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11).

    Essex ARG includes amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). These ships will embark elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), including the battalion landing force and aviation combat element enroute to the exercise operating area.

    Talisman Sabre is a biennial, joint sponsored exercise by U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force (ADF) Joint Operations Command. With approximately 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel expected to participate, TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the ADF. The exercise is conducted to improve bilateral operations between the U.S. and Australia.

    "Our countries have built a close relationship, which enables us to work together across the spectrum of military operations," said Capt. Bradley Lee, commodore of Amphibious Squadron 11. "Our joint cooperation has helped stabilize the region as we saw in Indonesia following both the 2005 tsunami and the 2009 earthquakes. This joint exercise will further strengthen civil-military collaboration for future operations and bilateral partnerships between the United States and Australia."

    U.S. and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training around the Australian coast and also practice their ability to conduct joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. This type of training has proved extremely relevant for units of Essex ARG, which returned in April from providing disaster relief to regions of Japan affected by the March 11, earthquake and tsunami.

    "In the past two years, the Essex ARG has conducted five humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions throughout the Western Pacific, which is why this type of training with our allies is so essential," said Lee.

    Capt. David Fluker, Essex commanding officer, said the exercise will allow his crew to practice a range of skill sets with their Australian counterparts.

    "This exercise will allow us to demonstrate the ship's capabilities across the entire spectrum of missions, from amphibious operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief," said Fluker. "We are also very proud to be conducting this exercise alongside our fellow Royal Australian Navy professionals."

    During operations at sea and ashore, the units assigned to Essex ARG will adhere to strict environmental standards.

    "We will continue to take every precaution we can to ensure that we are good stewards of the environment during exercise Talisman Sabre," said Fluker. "The Navy and Marine Corps team take very specific measures to protect the environment that we operate in, and the coastal waters and shore of Australia are not different."


    SASEBO, Japan (June 21, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Control Squadron (HSC) 25 prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as the ship prepares to get underway. USS Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group.
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    SASEBO, Japan (May 13, 2011) Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) participate in command physical training. USS Essex is undergoing a maintenance availability.
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    WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa (April 12, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) debark the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
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    WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Okinawa (April 12, 2011) A landing craft utility approaches the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to offload vehicles from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU).
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    USS Essex (LHD-2) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. The Wasp class amphibious assault ship is a group of U.S. Navy ships designed to land forces on hostile shores and transport troops by helicopter for the United States Marine Corps. The class's ships are the largest vessels of this type in service anywhere in the world.

    Each Wasp-class warship has a hospital with 600 patient beds and six operating rooms. All Wasp-class ships have been built at the Ingalls Shipbuilding company, in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


    General characteristics:

    Class and type: Wasp-class amphibious assault ship

    Displacement: 40,650 tons (full combat load)

    Length: 257 m

    Beam: 32 m

    Draft: 8.5 m (full load)

    Propulsion: Geared steam turbines

    Speed: 24+ knots

    Boats and landing craft carried: 3 LCACs or 2 LCUs

    Troops: 1,800

    Complement: 73 officers, 1109 enlisted

    Armament: Combination of Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM), NATO Sea Sparrow missiles, Mk 15 Phalanx CIWS, .50-caliber M2HB machine gun, 25 mm Mk 38 chain guns

    Aircraft carried: combination of (actual mix depends upon the mission): Huey helicopters, Super Cobra Attack helicopters, CH-53 Super Stallions, CH-46 Sea Knights, MH-60 Seahawks, AV-8B Harrier attack aircrafts, MV-22 Ospreys


    U.S. Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ships (LHD):

    USS Wasp (LHD-1)
    USS Essex (LHD-2)
    USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)
    USS Boxer (LHD-4)
    USS Bataan (LHD-5)
    USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6)
    USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7)
    USS Makin Island (LHD-8)


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    USS Columbia Departs for Western Pacific Deployment
    UNITED STATES - 22 JUNE 2011

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Los Angeles-class submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) region, June 21.

    "The ship is in excellent material condition and the crew is excited and ready to go," said Columbia's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Dennis Klein. "I am proud of how hard the men have worked in preparing themselves for the deployment and I appreciate all the continued support our families have provided."

    For many crew members of Columbia, this deployment will once again allow them to utilize their training.

    "Being just over a year from the end of Columbia's last deployment, a majority of the crew have WESTPAC experience," said Klein. "They all clearly understand the importance of our mission."

    According to Klein, Columbia will be conducting many training exercises and qualifications, as well as be available for any tasking which comes their way.

    Columbia, commissioned in 1995, was the last 688-class submarine to be built at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn. One of the most versatile ships in the world, Columbia is capable of numerous types of missions in a myriad of regions including long range Tomahawk strike operations, anti-submarine and surface ship tracking operations, surveillance and intelligence gathering, and Special Forces insertions.


    PEARL HARBOR (June 21, 2011) The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
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    PHILIPPINE SEA (June 29, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Chamika Mcintush directs a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 265 to land on the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) to participate in Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    WHITE BEACH, Okinawa (June 27, 2011) A landing craft air cushion departs the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). Germantown is preparing to participate in Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    SASEBO, Japan (June 23, 2011) Landing Craft Utility 1631 approaches the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    SASEBO, Japan (June, 23,2011) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo to participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the Pacific Ocean participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    SEA OF JAPAN (June 23, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (Handling) Manuel Arias watches as an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 lands aboard the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    USS Fitzgerald and USS McCampbell Visits Sydney
    4 JULY 2011

    SYDNEY -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) will visit Sydney, July 4, for a port visit before participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a joint-exercise with the Royal Australian Navy.

    Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving and validating the Australian Defense Force and United States combat readiness and interoperability as a combined joint task force. Approximately 14,000 U.S. and 8,500 Australian personnel will participate.

    During their visit, Fitzgerald and McCampbell Sailors will get the opportunity to visit the city and interact with the people of Sydney and make a difference in the life of local Australians by doing community service projects.

    "Right now we have two community service projects scheduled for just the Fitzgerald alone," said Lt. Daniel E. Clark, Destroyer Squadron 15 chaplain. "The first project is going to take place at the Children's Hospital Randwick and the other project is volunteering at the Cancer Council. Both of these projects Sailors will lend a helping hand with fellow volunteers from the local community."

    The visit to Australia will be first for many of the Sailors who are planning to make the most of the port visit.

    "I have a lot planned for Australia already," said Engineman Fireman Nick Clark, assigned to USS Fitzgerald's engineering department. "The first thing I'm going to do on liberty is go deep-sea diving with a few of my shipmates and then I'm going to enjoy some music at the famous Sydney Opera House."

    Outside of self-guided tours and visiting landmarks, Fitzgerald's Morale Welfare and Recreation program is helping Sailors to maximize their liberty opportunities.

    "The crew is pretty excited, we have a lot of exciting prospects for them," said Chief Fire Controlman Manuel Badiola, Fitzgerald's recreation service officer. "We've got everything from diving with sharks, outdoor trips to the Three Sisters rock formation to five star hotel packages for them to pick and choose from."

    Fitzgerald and McCampbell are assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and forward-deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.


    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 3, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85), front, transits alongside the Royal Canadian Navy multi-role patrol frigate HMRCS Ottawa and the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), not pictured. USS Fitzgerald is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway in the western Pacific Ocean.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (June 25, 2011) Quartermaster 3rd Class Philip Williams, assigned to the navigation department of the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), watches the ocean for simulated enemy combatants during a general quarters drill. USS Fitzgerald is one of six Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is underway on a summer patrol in the western Pacific Ocean.
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    USS Germantown Arrives In Australia, Begins Talisman Sabre 2011
    7 July 2011

    TOWNSVILLE, Australia -- USS Germantown (LSD 42) and embarked Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a port visit July 7.

    The visit also marks the beginning of Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11), a bilateral command post and field training exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.

    During the port visit, the crew will have the opportunity to not only shop and participate in several Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities, but lend a helping hand to the local community. The ship's first class petty officer association will sponsor a community relations project at the Cancer Institute and Endeavor, where Sailors and Marines will do yard maintenance and interact with individuals there.

    For many Sailors and Marines, this will be their first visit to Australia. Pfc. Christopher Dutzer said he has always wanted to visit Australia and is excited about the visit.

    "I'm looking forward to enjoying the sites," he said. "I've had friends who have visited Townsville, and they told me the people are very friendly. I think this will be a unique experience."

    For others, this will the first time they've visited Australia in a few years. Culinary Specialist 2nd Class(SW) Caesar Ulsano said he last visited Australia four years ago and is looking forward to the friendly hospitality provided by the locals.

    "I had a real good time the last time I visited," he said. "I'm looking forward to making new friends and enjoying the country."

    In addition to the 31st MEU, units from Air Craft Unit 5 are embarked aboard Germantown for the exercise. They offer three landing craft air cushions, 15 amphibious assault vehicles, three 7-ton vehicles and several Humvees to support the mission.

    Germantown departed Sasebo, Japan, June 24 for TS11. The ship was commissioned Feb. 8, 1986, and is capable of carrying more than 721 Sailors and Marines. It is 610 feet long and can travel at speeds up to 20 knots.



    File Photo: USS Germantown (LSD 42)
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    USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Brisbane
    8 JULY 2011

    BRISBANE, Australia -- The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Brisbane, Australia, July 8 in support of exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11).

    The exercise enhances joint combat readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Australian air, land and maritime forces and will focus on crisis action planning and execution of emergency response operations.

    TS11 is jointly sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force (ADF) Joint Operations Command and is designed to support and strengthen ADF's capability to defend Australia and its national interests.

    "The U.S. and Australia have a proud, longstanding history of working together," said Blue Ridge Commanding Officer Capt. Daniel Grieco. "This exercise will further strengthen ties between our two nations and enhance our ability to cooperatively operate our military force to further peace and stability in the region."

    While in Brisbane, some Blue Ridge and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff Sailors will visit Putrell Park and Karingal Campsite to help with cleaning, painting and planting, while other Sailors will visit children at Mater Children's Hospital as part of community service projects.

    Sailors will take in the sights during the numerous scheduled tours and meet local Brisbane residents, all in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie.

    Blue Ridge serves under Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7/Commander, Task Force (CTF) 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force. Blue Ridge is the command ship for Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. CTF 76 is headquartered aboard White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.


    File Photo: USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19)
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    Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2011

    Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2011 is a biennial combined training activity, designed to train Australian and US forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations in order to improve ADF/US combat readiness and interoperability. This exercise is a major undertaking that reflects the closeness of our alliance and the strength of the ongoing military-military relationship.

    Weapons and Equipment:

    The following weapons and equipment (including aircraft, vessels and vehicles) may be utilised during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2011

    Royal Australian Navy:

    - ANZAC Class Frigate
    - Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate
    - Huon Class Minehunter
    - Armidale Class Patrol Boat
    - Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (Sirius)
    - Landing Craft, Heavy
    - Landing Craft (LCM)
    - Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk
    - Westland Sea King
    - Clearance Diving Team


    Royal Australian Army:

    - M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank
    - M88A1 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES)
    - Heavy Tank Transporter (HTT)
    - Truck Tanker Fueler (TTF)
    - Forward Aircraft Refuelling Park (FARP) Vehicles (tankers)
    - M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier
    - ASLAV (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle)
    - Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV)
    - Mercedes Unimog and Land Rover 110 FFR
    - Various earthmoving equipment
    - Sikorsky S-70A Blackhawk Helicopter
    - Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter
    - Eurocopter Tiger ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter)
    - MRH-90 (Multi-Role Helicopter)
    - Kiowa Light Observation Helicopter (LOH)
    - Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) e.g. RQ-7 Shadow
    - L118 105 mm Field Gun
    - M198 155 mm Howitzer
    - L16A2 Mortar
    - RBS-70 (Robotsystem) laser-guided missile system
    - Carl-Gustav 84 mm multi-role recoilless rifle
    - Various small arms (including Austeyr F88)


    Royal Australian Air Force:

    - Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
    - Lockheed C-130H / C-130J Hercules
    - McDonnell Douglas F/A 18A / F/A 18B Hornet
    - Boeing F/A 18F Super Hornet
    - Lockheed P3 Orion
    - Boeing 737 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) Wedgetail
    - Pilatus PC-9 Forward Air Control
    - Beechcraft King Air
    - Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
    - 7Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle7(PMV)
    - Mercedes Unimog and Land Rover 110 FFR
    - Various small arms (including Austeyr F88)



    Source: Australian Department of Defence
     
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    Participating U.S. Units:

    U.S. Navy:

    - USS Blue Ridge

    - Carrier Strike Group 5:
    USS George Washington (CVN 73)
    USS Cowpens (CG 63)

    - Carrier Air Wing 5:
    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27
    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102
    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195
    Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115
    Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136
    Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115
    Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 Detachment 5
    Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14

    - USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54)

    - Expeditionary Strike Group 7

    - Amphibious Squadron 11:
    USS Germantown (LSD 42)
    Beachmaster Unit 1

    - Destroyer Squadron 15:
    USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62)
    USS McCampbell (DDG 85)

    - Mine Countermeasures Forces
    Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit 7

    - Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Forces
    2x P-3 Orion


    U.S. Marine Corps:

    - 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit
    - Marine Aircraft Group 12
    - Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12
    - Marine Wing Support Squadron 171
    - Marine Air Control Group 18
    - 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
    - 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
    - 3rd Marine Logistics Group
    - 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade


    U.S. Air Force:

    - 909th Air Refueling Squadron
    - 44th Fighter Squadron
    - 644th Combat Communication Squadron
    - 15th Wing
    - 36th Wing
    - 36th Contingency Response Group
    - Combined Air Operations Center


    U.S. Army:

    - 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment
    - 40th Infantry Division, Headquarters
    - 593rd Sustainment Brigade
    - 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry
    - 1st Squadron, 158th Cavalry Regiment
    - 593rd Support Battalion
    - 49th Theater Gateway
    - 351st Civil Affairs
     
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    31st MEU arrives in Australia for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011
    8 July 2011

    CAMP ROCKY, AUSTRALIA — About 550 Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Australia July 7, with more scheduled to arrive in the coming days, all to participate in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.

    The USS Germantown (LSD 42) docked in Townsville, Australia, with approximately 500 Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU aboard, in preparation for the biennial training event which strengthens defense ties between the two countries.

    Additionally, about 50 infantry and mortarmen with weapons company Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st MEU arrived at Camp Rocky, Australia, to participate in a joint live fire exercise with Australian Defense Forces.

    “We are looking forward to the joint weapons training and the joint live fire with the naval guns and the Royal Australian Air Force, working jointly with them is something we don’t otherwise get a chance to do,” said Capt. Zeb Philpott, Weapons Company Commander, BLT 2/7. “In your whole career, you might not get to see the type of naval gunfire we’ll see here. We will have U.S. and Australian ships firing with us.”

    The company of Marines will serve two purposes, said Philpott. First, they will be doing joint fire support coordination with the Australians and higher headquarters, while communicating and practicing the transfer of fire control. Secondly, the mortarmen will provide indirect mortar support and marking for the Australian Air Force and U.S. planes.

    The 31st MEU’s BLT will have 81mm mortar teams and fire support coordination all working together to get the job done during the joint live fire exercise.

    “It will be great to work with another military in their country,” said Lance Cpl. Matthew Haines, an infantryman with Weapons Co., BLT 2/7, from Mussila, Montana. “This will be good experience. We want to learn how they do business and show them how we work too.”

    Elements of Combat Logistics Battalion 31 also arrived to conduct bilateral military police and explosive ordinance training.

    “We’ll be working with the Australian police forces,” said Lance Cpl. Brett Chilson, a military policeman from Binghamton, N.Y., with CLB-31. “Hopefully we will get to ride along on actual police operations and see some new things.”

    The joint police work helps to enhance partnerships between the Australian and U.S. military forces.

    “I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to offer training-wise and learning from them,” said Lance Cpl. Kevin Smith, a military policeman with CLB-31. “We will be observing law enforcement operations, and we are excited to be working hand to hand with the Aussies and learning from each other.”

    In addition to the participation in the ground in Australia, about 15 members of the 31st MEU command element will also participate remotely aboard USS Essex.

    “We are very happy to come out to work with Australians,” said Maj. Eric Mattson, 31st MEU Talisman Sabre evaluator. “We will be observing the U.S. and Australian combat maneuvers, evaluating their skills and ensuring that things are done correctly and professionally. This will be a good chance to validate our skills and at the same time get some good training with Australian forces.”

    This is the first deployment of the 31st MEU since returning from participation in Operation Tomodachi in Northeast Japan during March and April.

    "The 31st MEU looks forward to the partnership with Australia and their military forces,” said Col. Andrew MacMannis, commanding officer, 31st MEU.

    “This exercise increases our readiness and advances regional security in the Pacific. We look forward to validating our combat readiness and interoperability as part of a combined joint task force.”

    The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU, and remains the nation’s force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
     
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    Exercise Talisman Sabre begins in northern Australia
    11 JULY 2011

    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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    US, Australian machine gunners learn from each other during Talisman Sabre 2011
    9 July 2011

    SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia -

    “Gun one ready!”

    “Gun two ready”

    “Section ready!”

    With the two machine guns aimed, demonstrators from 7th Battalion, Australian army, engaged their target, as U.S. soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, observed.

    The U.S. soldiers trained with soldiers from the 7th RAR on their machine gun systems and tactics July 10, 2011, during Talisman Sabre 2011, a joint, combined biennial training exercise.

    Through a flurry of commands yelled back and fourth between gunners and the fire team leader, the Australian soldiers demonstrated setting up their weapons systems and the different aiming techniques used to engage the enemy.

    During the demonstration, soldiers like U.S. Army Spc. Ulysses Vasquez from 1st Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, immediately noticed differences between how U.S. and Australian soldiers use this type of weapon.

    “For them, it seems like more of an area target weapon. It seems really accurate, and there is a lot of math involved, but it looks like there isn’t much of a mobility technique, which is what we have,” Vasquez said.

    The Australian gun teams establish a grid system so they can accurately identify the distance and location of enemy targets and friendly forces maximizing effectiveness, while preventing friendly fire, Vazquez explained.

    They also use a complex sight system with their MAG 58 machine gun to zero the weapon, as well as make sure they’re parallel with other gunners in their element.

    Vazquez went on to explain how the Australians zero their weapon.

    “They don’t fire one round [to zero]. They gut out their weapon and put their sights inside their weapon and just align the sight to their barrel, unlike us, where we have to shoot to zero.”

    For Australian Defence Force Cpl. Adam Revett, a fire team leader, demonstrations like this are a typical training tool for his soldiers.

    “Its pretty much what we do most of the time,” said Revett. “We give instruction to our lads in a pretty similar form.”

    Next, the U.S. soldiers ran through a step-by-step demonstration of how they engage the enemy using the M-240B machine gun.

    Training like this allows units to learn from each other, incorporating each other’s methods to fine tune how they operate, said Revett.

    “When we do work together on operations, we do have a greater understanding of how you guys operate and what capabilities you guys bring to the party,” said Revett.

    For U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Randolph, joint training like this presents an unique opportunity to learn different tactics from allied forces.

    “With them being our strongest allies, … it’s really important that we understand each other,” explained Randolph, “These guys are a very professional army - very well trained soldiers. They’re going to learn a lot from us, and we’re definitely going to take a lot from them.”


    U.S. Army Pfc. Benjamin Shaad aims at a simulated target during a demonstration Australian Defence Force machine gun teams at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Talisman Sabre 2011, July 9, 2011. Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial combined training exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defence Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    Australian Defence Force machine gunners with 7th Battalion, Australian Army, demonstrate the MAG 58 machine gun's ability to aim at an enemy target in Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Talisman Sabre 2011, July 9, 2011. Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial combined training exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defence Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    U.S. Army Pfc. Emanuel San Martin gets an up close look at the Australian Defence Force MAG 58 machine gun during combined training in Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Talisman Sabre 2011, July 9, 2011. Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial combined training exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defence Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    U.S. Marines, Australian Defence Force practice weapons drills during Talisman Sabre 2011

    ROCKHAMPTON, Australia – From a distance, it looked like a normal training exercise taking place on any U.S. military installation, but up-close it looked a bit unusual.

    The U.S. Marines were training Australian soldiers on weapons drills here as part of Talisman Sabre 2011.

    “A weapons drill is an exercise where we move a weapon system from one location to another in as little time as possible,” said Sgt. Todd Martin, with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. “The purpose of learning these drills is to know how to get a better advantage on our enemies when in a firefight.”

    To kick off the training, Marines conducted two demonstrations in a grassy area about the size of a soccer field.

    The Marines taught weapons drills with a 60 mm mortar, a M2 .50-caliber machine gun and a Mark 19 automatic grenade launcher.

    Then it was the Australian Defence Force service members' turn.

    With assistance from Marines, the ADF troops completed two weapons drills. Drills consisted of running across a field to emplace and assemble the weapon systems.

    “That was bonza, mate,” Craftsman Carl Norling, 6th Aviation Regiment with the Australian army, said after completing the drills.

    Bonza is Australian slang for excellent.

    “The drills were pretty difficult, but it was still a lot of fun," Norling said. "Plus, the Marines training us were a good bunch of guys. They were fun to learn from, and they were always good for a chat.”

    Weapons drills are only a small part of what the Marines are doing at Talisman Sabre 2011.

    The overall focus of Talisman Sabre 2011 is to train U.S. and Australian forces to plan and conduct Combined Task Force operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability.

    “We are here to build better partnerships with Australian and U.S. forces, and this has been a great opportunity to do just that,” said Martin.

    “Any chance I get to work with military members from other nations is always a great experience," he said. "The Aussies remind me a lot of my own unit; they joke around and love to have fun, all awhile getting the job done.”


    Australian Defence Force Pvt. Peter Noble (far left), Craftsman Carl Norling (center), and Pvt. James Newton (right), all with 6th Aviation Regiment, listen as U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris L. Kusnierz (left), a machinegunner with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, explains the features of an M-2 .50 caliber machine gun on Camp Rocky in Rockhampton during Talisman Saber 2011. TS11 is a biennial combined training activity designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defense Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris L. Kusnierz (far left), a machinegunner with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, watches as Australian Defence Force Pvt. Peter Noble (left), Craftsman Carl Norling (middle) and Pvt. James Newton (right), all with 6th Aviation Regiment, familiarize themselves with an M-2 .50 caliber machine gun on Camp Rocky in Rockhampton during Talisman Saber 2011. TS11 is a biennial combined training activity designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defense Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Chris L. Kusnierz (left) and Jonathon P. Ashley, machinegunners with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct a weapons drill demonstration with a .50 caliber machine gun for Australian Defence Force service members on Camp Rocky in Rockhampton during Talisman Saber 2011. TS11 is a biennial combined training activity designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defense Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Stephan A. Fournier, left, and Craig J. Reyes, right, both mortarmen with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct a weapons drill demonstration with a 60 mm mortar for Australian Defence Force service members on Camp Rocky in Rockhampton during Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial combined training activity designed to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve Australian Defense Force/U.S. combat readiness and interoperability. It reflects the closeness of the alliance and the strength and flexibility of the ongoing military-military relationship.
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    TIMOR SEA (July 14, 2011) The visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) returns to the ship after conducting a simulated VBSS non-compliant boarding exercise with the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin (FFG 04). USS Cowpens and HMAS Darwin are conducting unit level training before the start of the joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    TIMOR SEA (July 14, 2011) Sailors aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) lower a rigid-hull inflatable boat for a simulated visit, board, search and seizure non-compliant boarding exercise with the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Darwin (FFG 04). USS Cowpens and HMAS Darwin are conducting unit level training before the start of the joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    SABINA POINT, Australia (July 15, 2011) A Sailor assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 directs a landing craft air cushion towards the beach during a water transport exercise with the Australian army at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    SABINA POINT, Australia (July 15, 2011) A Sailor assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 directs a landing craft air cushion towards the beach during a water transport exercise with the Australian army at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    CORAL SEA (July 14, 2011) An amphibious assault vehicle launches from the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42)) to prepare the driver for Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    CORAL SEA (July 14, 2011) A landing craft air cushion launches from the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42)) to prepare the driver for Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    CORAL SEA (July 14, 2011) An amphibious assault vehicle launches from the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42)) to prepare the driver for Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    CORAL SEA (July 14, 2011) Amphibious assault vehicles depart the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) during well deck operations. Germantown is underway with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) for Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations in order to improve Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    CORAL SEA (July 14, 2011) Sailors man amphibious assault vehicles in the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) as they prepare for Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 15, 2011) Members of the Australian Defense force observe flight operations on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations in order to improve Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 16, 2011) Lt. Jeffery Hall fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a live-fire exercise on the fantail aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations in order to improve Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 14, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) fires its 5-inch/54-caliber (MK 45) lightweight gun during a Naval Gunfire Support Exercise as part of Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre 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 and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 12, 2011) The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) fires its 5-inch/54-caliber (Mk 45) lightweight gun at a simulated target during a live fire exercise. Fitzgerald is one of six Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre.
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    SYDNEY (July 9, 2011) Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) salute a Royal Australian Navy frigate while manning the rails as the ship gets underway from Sydney. Fitzgerald is one of six Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and visited Sydney for a port call before participating in exercise Talisman Sabre.
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    Photos: U.S. Marine Corps (Unit: 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit)

    Amphibious assault vehicles carrying Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure Freshwater Beach in an amphibious assault during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Marines with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure Freshwater Beach during the amphibious assault in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Marines with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure Freshwater Beach during the amphibious assault in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Marines with Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure Freshwater Beach during the amphibious assault in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Amphibious assault vehicles carrying Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, secure Freshwater Beach during an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Amphibious assault vehicles carrying Company G., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, charge onto Freshwater Beach during an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries' bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Three U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushioned, from the USS Germantown (LSD 42) head toward Freshwater Beach carrying equipment and personnel during an amphibious assault in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crises and provide humanitarian assistance. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific.
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    Marines with the Light Armored Reconnaissance Team, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to unload a Light Armored Vehicle from a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushioned, July 19. The Marines were part of a mock amphibious assault rehearsal on Freshwater Beach during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, drive along Freshwater Beach to set up a blocking position during a mock amphibious assault rehearsal, July 18. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, land on Freshwater Beach during a mock amphibious assault rehearsal, July 18. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries' bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    A U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicle carries Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, to shore during an amphibious assault rehearsal in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 demonstrates the United States and Australian commitment to their military alliance, and enhances stability and security throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU, and remains the nation's force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    U.S. Marine amphibious assault vehicles carry Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, to shore during an amphibious assault rehearsal at in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 demonstrates the United States and Australian commitment to their military alliance, and enhances stability and security throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the only continually forward-deployed MEU, and remains the nation's force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    Amphibious Assault Vehicles with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, land on Freshwater Beach during a mock amphibious assault rehearsal, July 18. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries' bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands on Freshwater Beach as part of a rehearsal amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and Australian forces to plan and conduct Combined Task Force operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability on a variety of missions, from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts.
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    An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands on Freshwater Beach as part of a rehearsal amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and Australian forces to plan and conduct Combined Task Force operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability on a variety of missions, from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts.
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    An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands on Freshwater Beach as part of a rehearsal amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and Australian forces to plan and conduct Combined Task Force operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability on a variety of missions, from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts.
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    Lance Cpl. Kyle J. Palmer (left), and Lance Cpl. Johnathen Guzman (right), mortarmen with the 81mm Mortars Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a mortar during a joint live fire exercise, July 14. Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU were in Australia participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel are participating. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    An amphibious assault vehicle exits from the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). The AAVs and landing craft air cushions were launched to give the drivers familiarity with the vehicle as they prepare for Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11). Germantown, commanded by Cmdr. A. D. Hull, is currently underway with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for TS11, a bilateral command post and field training exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.
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    An amphibious assault vehicle launches from the well deck of the forward-deployed dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). The AAVs and landing craft air cushions were launched to give the drivers familiarity with the vehicle as they prepare for Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11). Germantown, commanded by Cmdr. A. D. Hull, is currently underway with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for TS11, a bilateral command post and field training exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.
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    Lance Cpl. Kyle J. Palmer (left), an assistant gunner on gun three and Lance Cpl. Samuel E. Robertson (right), a gunner also with gun three, both with 81mm Mortars Platoon, Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire a mortar during a joint live fire exercise, July 12. Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU were in Australia participating in exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel are participating. This exercise will increase interoperability, flexibility, and readiness, all of which are force multipliers in maintaining peace and stability in the Pacific. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 19, 2011) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) prepare an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 for launch. USS George Washington is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations.
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    DARWIN, Australia (July 19, 2011) Navy Diver 2nd Class Jonathan Peglow, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, participates in small arms weapons training with members of the Australian Northern Territory Tactical Response Group during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 19, 2011) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Royal Maces of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 18, 2011) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 is prepared for take-off from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 18, 2011) An E-2C Hawkeye assigned to the Liberty Bells of Strike Fighter Squadron (VAW) 115 is prepared for take off from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). USS George Washington is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations in order to improve Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 19, 2011) An EA-6B Prowler assigned to the Gauntlets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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    TIMOR SEA (July 16, 2011) A close-in weapons system is tested aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) during a live-fire exercise. Curtis Wilbur is one of six Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is participating in the joint exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.
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    Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Trains with Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) during Talisman Sabre 2011
    20 July 2011

    USS ESSEX, At Sea -- Members of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Det. 6 "Island Knights" are assisting Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, through the exercise's July 29 end date.

    As a regular part of the Essex ARG, the detachment provides more than just search and rescue capabilities to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

    "The primary mission of HSC 25 is to provide search-and-rescue capability in the air or be readily available to the Essex, the aviation combat element and other embarked units," said Lt. Andrew McDonald, HSC 25 operations officer. "We are capable of providing logistics support such as vertical replenishment, passenger transfer and we have the capability of loading on Hellfire missiles to provide for the ship's defense."

    Homeported in Guam, HSC 25 trains with special operations units and recently worked with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked aboard Essex. Together, they practiced visit, board, search and seizures as well as reconnaissance and strike missions.

    The detachment flies two MH-60S Seahawk helicopters. Until recently, the helicopter's only capabilities consisted of transporting cargo and personnel and performing search and rescue missions with limited defensive capabilities. Now they are capable of working in an offensive strike capacity and as a force protection asset.

    In addition to the eight AGM 114 Hellfire laser guided missiles, the helicopters include infrared detection systems, infrared and radar countermeasures, door-mounted .50-caliber machine guns and a tactical data exchange network known as Link 16.

    Link 16 is an important part of the squadron's mission because it allows them to transmit and receive real-time information from any ship or aircraft in the fleet, which greatly increases pilots' awareness of the aircraft's surroundings, making them an integral part of any fleet protection operation.

    "The MH-60S helicopters aboard Essex can use forward looking infrared sensors to search for surface contacts ahead of the ARG and provide that information back to the amphibious squadron," said Capt. Bradley Lee, commodore of Amphibious Squadron Eleven. "Additionally, Detachment 6's Hellfire missiles and guns enable them to conduct surface warfare missions and assist the ARG/MEU team in counter piracy and boarding, search and seizure missions on the high seas and in the littorals."

    During Talisman Sabre 2011, the Sailors of HSC 25 are training to increase their proficiency across a variety of skill sets, including working with other air assets of the ARG and providing close air support for the MEU.

    Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial joint-sponsored exercise by U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command. The exercise is conducted to improve bilateral operations between the U.S. and Australia.
     
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 20, 2011) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) conducts rigid-hull inflatable boat operations with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). USS George Washington is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 20, 2011) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington return to the ship in a rigid-hull inflatable boat after transporting mail and personnel with the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 20, 2011) Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) return to the ship in a rigid-hull inflatable boat after transporting mail and personnel to the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 20, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) transits near the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). USS George Washington and Curtis Wilbur are participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations.
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    CORAL SEA (July 22, 2011) A landing craft air cushion returns to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) as the ship transits alongside the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). USS Blue Ridge and USS Germantown are in the Coral Sea participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
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    CORAL SEA (July 22, 2011) The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), front, conducts flight operations while underway with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Blue Ridge and USS Germantown are in the Coral Sea supporting Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, which enhances joint combat readiness and interoperability between U.S. and Australian air, land and maritime forces. The exercise and will focus on crisis action planning and execution of emergency response operations.
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    CORAL SEA (July 22, 2011) The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) transits alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Blue Ridge and USS Germantown are in the Coral Sea participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
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    CORAL SEA (July 22, 2011) The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) transits alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Blue Ridge and USS Germantown are in the Coral Sea participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
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    Photos: U.S. Marine Corps (Unit: 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit)

    A Marine with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during a mock mechanized assault, July 19. The assault was conducted in Australia during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries' bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    An amphibious assault vehicle moves forward to provide security for Marines after they made contact with the enemy during a mock mechanized assault, July 19. The assault was conducted in Australia during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    A Marine with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, exits an amphibious assault vehicle during a mock mechanized assault, July 19. The assault was conducted in Australia during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries' bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation's force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    A Marine with Company G, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security during a mechanized assault, July 19. The assault was conducted in Australia during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. TS11 is the largest joint military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force. Around 14,000 U.S. and 9,000 Australian personnel will participate. TS11 provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined and joint environment that will increase both countries’ bilateral war-fighting capabilities to respond to crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and remains the nation’s force in readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
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    CAIRNS, Australia (July 27, 2011) Sailors aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) man the rails as the ship pulls into Cairns, Australia for a port visit. USS Blue Ridge completed Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral command post and field training exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.
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    PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2011) Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 embarked during a photo exercise with Australian, Canadian and U.S. forces as joint maritime exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 comes to a close off the coast of Australia. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral training exercise intended to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.
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    CORAL SEA (July 22, 2011) A Sailor watches as an MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter prepares to land aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Germantown is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
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    CORAL SEA (July 22, 2011) Two MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters fly above the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) as it transits alongside the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Germantown is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
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    CORAL SEA (July 21, 2011) Sailors run to chock and chain an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Germantown is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise intended to enhance planning and readiness between the U.S. and Australian forces.
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    CORAL SEA (July 21, 2011) Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Dennis Castro directs an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, to land aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). USS Germantown is participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces.
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    INDIAN OCEAN (July 25, 2011) Air Force Col. Chris Stockton fires an M240B machine gun from the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a visit to the ship. USS George Washington is participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, a bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and U.S. Forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations.
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