After unloading some equipment, A41-206 departed Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley.
It is the latest arrival presumably associated with the forthcoming joint Military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19).
The Talisman Sabre 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. Historically Talisman Sabre exercises have been conducted across Northern and Eastern Australia, and within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone. Additional participants from third party nations may participate or observe the exercise if invited.
The majority of TS19 exercise activities will take place in the existing ADF Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) 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.
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.
See more at: http://www.defence.gov.au/Exercises/TS19/
Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Jason M for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!
All photos taken by Jason Miller ©