U.S. Marines and sailors complete amphibious training with Australian and Japanese partners during Talisman Sabre 19
By Capt. Gerard Farao
| 3rd Marine Division | July 27, 2019
U.S. Marines assess a terrain map during a simulated amphibious assault of exercise Talisman Sabre 19 in Bowen, Australia, July 22, 2019. Talisman Sabre provides an opportunity to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase participating countries' abilities to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tanner D. Lambert)
BRISBANE, Australia --
BRISBANE, Australia - U.S. Marines and sailors assigned to 3rd Marine Division, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marine Rotational Force Darwin completed the eighth iteration of Talisman Sabre, a three week exercise off the coast of Queensland, Australia from 7 to 27 July, 2019.
During the exercise, the Marines and sailors conducted a variety of training events alongside Australian and Japanese service members to include: an integrated air campaign, combined forcible entry operations, amphibious raids, and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Rapid Insertion (HIRAIN).
"Talisman Sabre 19 was an excellent exercise that allowed us to work with, display, and refine our skills working with the Australian Amphibious Task Group and the Japan Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade as a multi-national amphibious force," said Col. John Medeiros, assistant chief of staff for operations, 3d Marine Division. "It offered us the ability to demonstrate interoperability between three allied nations into a combined landing force while improving and enhancing our operational capabilities."
This exercise illustrated the strength of the U.S. and Australian alliance, and highlighted partnered nation capabilities in support of a maritime campaign. This year's addition of Japan's ARDB, sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, contributed toward achieving the exercise objectives and increased multi-national interoperability.