Queensland will host the largest ever Exercise Talisman Sabre this year across northern Australia, with around 30,000 military personnel to participate, almost double the number involved in 2021.
Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defence Force and United States military.
The exercise will offer military personnel the opportunity practice high-end, multi-domain warfare, build and affirm military-to-military ties and strengthen strategic partnerships across the region.
Participating partner nations include Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, France, United Kingdom, Canada and Germany.
The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will also attend as observers.
The event will run from 22 July to 4 August primarily in Queensland but also in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.
Training areas in Queensland include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Shoalwater Bay.
The exercise will include large scale logistics, multi-domain firepower demonstrations, land combat, amphibious landings and air operations.
Exercise Director, Brigadier Damian Hill says this year’s event will be the largest yet.
“Talisman Sabre 2023 will be the largest ever iteration of the exercise in terms of both geographic span and also partner nation involvement. Considerable planning has gone into a safe and productive exercise for all participants,” he says.