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Talisman Sabre 2019 LogoFrequently Asked Questions - General

TS19 Open Day

The TS19 Open Day will be held on Saturday 6 July 2019 at the Rockhampton Showground, and include displays of Australian and US helicopters, armoured vehicles and specialist military personnel. A VIP event with media will occur in the morning to officially commence the event.

What is Exercise Talisman Sabre?

The Talisman Sabre (TS) series of exercises are conducted on a biennial basis. It is a combined Australian and United States training activity, designed to train our respective military forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between our respective forces.

This exercise is a major undertaking that reflects the closeness of our alliance and the strength of the ongoing military-military relationship.

Why does the spelling of ‘Sabre’ vary between exercises?

The lead planning responsibility for the Talisman Sabre series of exercises alternates between the United States and Australia. For years when Australia is the exercise planning lead, the spelling adopted is ‘Sabre’ whereas the US spelling of ‘Saber’ is adopted when the US is the planning lead.

Which countries participate in a TS exercise?

The TS exercises are a bilateral activity involving Australia and the United States. Additional countries may also be invited to participate however this varies between iterations of the TS series. TS19 will include forces from the New Zealand, Canadian, United Kingdom and Japanese Defence forces.

How many people are involved in TS19?

TS19 will involve up to 25,000 personnel operating across the maritime, land and air domains inclusive of the exercise participants and exercise control and logistics functions.

When is the next TS exercise?

The next TS exercise will be conducted over 11 - 24 July 2019 and is referred to as Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19). There will be military convoys and maritime traffic before and after these dates.

Where is TS19 being conducted?

TS19 will be conducted in Queensland generally between Townsville and Bundaberg in addition to the Coral Sea and parts of the Great Barrier Reef. It is anticipated the majority of land-based activities will occur in the Shoalwater Bay Training area however a number of Defence and non-Defence Training areas will also be used, including Stanage Bay peninsula, Mackay region, Bowen and Prosperpine and surrounding regions, Bundaberg region and Evans Head region.

Why is TS19 not just restricted to existing Defence training areas?

To enable the ADF access to a variety of geographical environments and climatic conditions, Defence also utilises non-Defence land. Defence has a long history of effective access to non Defence land such as national parks, state forests and civilian facilities or properties for training activities. Defence activities conducted on non Defence training areas are planned and managed in compliance with legislative and administrative requirements, and with the same environmental management practises that we employ on Defence estate.

Will live ammunition be used at TS19?

No - live ammunition will not be on this exercise. However, blank and simulated ammunition will be used.

Where can I get more information?

The TS19 website will be the central point of information relating to TS19. You can also contact us by calling 02 6266 1689 or sending us a query via the Contact Us page.