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The Fllight Deck Officer watches on as a United States Marines MV-22B Osprey conducts landings on HMAS Canberra during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. Talisman Sabre 2019 is a bilateral combined Australian and United States training activity. TS19 is designed to practice our respective military services and associated agencies in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations, and improve the combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and US forces. TS19 will be the eighth iteration of the exercise and consists of a Field Training Exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and Special Forces activities. (Photo by Richard Cardell)

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U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conduct helicopterborne operations

23 Jul 2019 | Capt. Gerard Farao 3rd Marine Division

QUEENSLAND, Australia - U.S. Marines and Australian soldiers conducted helicopterborne operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 19, taking advantage of the interoperability of key equipment and capabilities.

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted tactical movement of Australian soldiers, with the Australian Amphibious Task Group, to the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra.

"It was an interesting experience landing on the Australian ship," said Capt. Ezra Day, an Osprey pilot with 31st MEU. "It does however truly show how interoperable we have become and how easily we would be able to integrate with one another in a time of crisis."

Throughout the past 3 weeks, exercise Talisman Sabre 19 has seen U.S. Marines, the Australian Amphibious Task Force, and the Japan Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade conducting extensive high-level amphibious operations in support of a joint and combined maritime campaign allowing them to hone their skills and refine their procedures as a combined team.