Exercise Northern Shield is an Australian Defence Force (ADF) training activity where high-readiness forces deploy quickly to North Western Australia in response to a simulated security threat.
It incorporates force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, land force manoeuvre, air mobile operations and maritime activities.
This is the first time Exercise Northern Shield will be held.
The exercise will entail deploying land forces by air as well as establishing an enhanced air presence in the region, specifically in Learmonth and Exmouth, and simulating support to maritime security operations.
Approximately 1000 Army and Air Force personnel will directly participate in the exercise.
Australian Army 7th Brigade Ready Combat Team take a break at Royal Australian Air Force Base Learmonth, Western Australia - during Exercise Northern Shield 2015.
(L-R) Australian Army Private Harvey Diggins, Private Anthony Holmes, Private Rick Dalgrin and Patrol Commander Corporal James Woods on patrol with the Regional Force Surveillance Unit for Exercise Northern Shield 2015.
Australian Army Commandos parachute out of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules during Exercise Northern Shield 2015.
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), C-130J Hercules is unloaded at RAAF Base Learmonth, Western Australia - during Exercise Northern Shield 2015.
Australian Army Commandos prepare the Zodiac after parachuting into the waters of Exmouth during Exercise Northern Shield 2015.