Saturday, July 9, 2011

Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 - Open Day Displays and Saturday's Highlights at Rockhampton Airport

With the Rockhampton Showgrounds bathed in brilliant sunshine, hundreds of locals turned out for the Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11) Open Day on Saturday 9 July.

It was the public's opportunity to talk with both Australian and US military personnel, as well as get up close to a vast display of military equipment.

The Australian Defence Forces (ADF) were the main exhibitors, with the Army displaying land and airborne equipment including Recovery Vehicles, Armoured Vehicles, a Kalmar Container Handler, an Abrams Tank, an Armoured Personel Carrier, a Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vehicle, as well as a Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk helicopter (A25-224), and a Eurocopter EC665 Tiger (ARH) Helicopter (A38-008).

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) displayed Westland Sea King Mk.50A "Shark 10" (N16-125).

Elsewhere at the Showgrounds, the crowds were entertained by both ADF and US military bands.

Meanwhile at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 9 July, movements were limited with only the arrival of a couple more helicopters, and a handful of Australian Army Blackhawk and Tiger sorties to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

Another Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Sea King Mk.50A arrived. This Sea King wears serial N16-118, and uses the callsign "Shark 07".

Three Australian Army Commonwealth CA-32 (Bell 206B/OH-58A) Kiowa helicopters arrived from the South as "Redback 38".




These Kiowas joined A17-027 which went for a test flight late in the afternoon after being stuck in Rockhampton with maintenance issues.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules A97-009 returned and left again as "Trojan 06".

While late in the day United States Navy (USN) Lockheed C-130T Hercules 165349 (Tail Code RU5349) of the VR-55 Unit, returned to Rockhampton briefly, arriving and departing as "Convoy 7901".

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