Exercise TALISMAN SABRE (TS) series of exercises is the principle Australian and US military bilateral training exercise focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity “high end” warfighting.

 TS is designed to practise 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.

The majority of TS19 exercise activities took place in the existing Australian Defence Force Shoalwater Bay Training Area and surrounding State Forests, near Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Other events will occur around Stanage Bay and the Capricorn Coast, Whitsunday Region (Bowen, Proserpine and surrounding areas), Mackay region (including south of Sarina), Bundaberg and surrounding region, the ADF Townsville Field Training Area and the ADF Evans Head Air Weapons Range. There are no TS exercise activities currently planned elsewhere in Australia.

Occurring every two years, TALISMAN SABRE is a major exercise reflecting the closeness of our alliance and strength of the enduring military relationship.

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. Navy assets participating in TS19 are HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Canberra, HMAS Farncomb, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Parramatta.

TS19 will run from late June to early August 2019, including the initial surge of equipment and people and their subsequent departure after the exercise. Exercise activities in Shoalwater Bay Training Area and region will commence from early July and peak during 11-24 July 2019.



Imagery for TALISMAN SABRE 2019 is available for viewing/download from the Defence Image Library.