Friday, May 20, 2011

Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 to bring Many and Varied Interesting Aircraft to Central Queensland Airports

Using information from the Talisman Sabre 2011 official website:

Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11) will be conducted over a two week period from 18 to 29 July 2011, and includes lead up activities from 11 July.

TS11 is scheduled to involve up to approximately 30,000 Australian and US personnel, with 8000 troops to be based around Rockhampton in Central Queensland.

Training activities will involve: live firing activities, parachute drops, amphibious landings, artillery, armour and infantry manoeuvres, air combat training, special forces operations, science and technology projects, and advanced maritime operations.

Main airport and port entries will include the RAAF Bases at Townsville, Amberley, Darwin, and Tindal, and ports of Townsville, Gladstone, Port Alma (near Rockhampton) and Darwin.

Firing Exercises will be conducted at the East Australian Range Complex including Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Townsville Field Training Area, the North Australian Range Complex including Delamere Range Facility, Bradshaw Field Training Area and Mount Bundey Training Area, and designated marine areas within the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.

Support sites, which will be used for staging and minor exercises include Port facilities in QLD (Port Townsville, Port Alma, Port Gladstone and Port Brisbane) and NT (Port Darwin), RAAF Bases at Darwin, Tindal, Townsville, Richmond and Amberley for aircraft holding, Rockhampton and Cairns Airports, and Defence sites at Townsville, Darwin and Rockhampton.

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