This is not something you see every day: highlights from war games

The country’s largest military ‘battle’ exercise has wrapped up with forces from Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Canada packing up their gear and heading home.

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 involved 34,000 sailors, soldiers and airmen from the six nations.

The closing ceremony will be held Saturday at the Port of Brisbane and the final departure of equipment and people will continue through August.

Trooper Thomas Laird from the 1st Armoured Regiment stands guard during a tactical resupply.

About 800 fresh meals were prepared three times a day at the mess in Shoalwater Bay training area near Rockhampton with more than 46, 000 combat ration packs handed out.

If you took the small packet of M&M’s from each ration pack and lined them up, they would stretch for the same distance as a half marathon (21kms).

U.S. Marines conduct a simulated amphibious assault of Bowen.

The peace time allies worked together in air, sea and land operations.

There were live fire activities, an amphibious landing, aircraft carrier launches, plus air and maritime operations over the two months of build-up and “battle”.


A crew chief with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85) scans the skies while on a mission to deploy U.S. and Australian Special Operations Forces (SOF).

The bulk of the exercises was conducted in the Shoalwater Bay, but our RAAF Base Amberley played a major role in air support.

The next Talisman Sabre will be in two years’ time.

A United States M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires from the firing position at The Plains Airfield within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

Lt. Adam Hernandez signals for the launch of an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyra M. Campbell

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