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Media Alert - military ships visit Brisbane for Exercise Talisman Sabre

During June and July, Brisbane will host more than 20 military ships as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.

This will be one of the largest gatherings of military ships to visit Brisbane for a single event in more than three decades, and will include vessels from the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Japan in addition to Royal Australian Navy ships.

The ships will be calling into Brisbane at various times on their way to, or returning from, Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 which is taking place in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton.

Journalists will be notified of media opportunities with the visiting ships when they become available. Due to the commitments of the exercise and respite for the crews, ships berthed at the Port of Brisbane will not be open to the public.

Exercise Talisman Sabre is a biennial, bilateral Australian and United States training activity that also includes additional participants from third party nations. More information is available via the website menu on the left.

Date: June through to July 2019

Venue: Various berths in Brisbane, including the Port of Brisbane

Defence media contacts: Phone: (02) 6127 1999, Email:

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Freecall 1800 number and mobile coverage

Defence has created a free call 1800 number if you have any questions about Talisman Sabre 2019 (TS19). It will operate from 25 June to 31 July 2019 and run 24/7.

The number is: 1800 426 352

Good news on the mobile phone front – the mobile tower at Couti Outi has been live for a couple of weeks now and is doing a great job. The tower is a joint undertaking between Defence and Telstra and will dramatically reduce defence loads on the local public mobile tower.

For TS19, Defence has leased a temporary mobile tower to provide peak load mobile phone capacity for its personnel. This has initially been set up at Banksia (northern edge of SWBTA) and will be moved to wherever there are concentrations of soldiers.

Do you fly a plane or have a business where you would like us to minimise flight interactions?

Landowners and primary producers can now submit a Noise Sensitive Area request to have a Restricted Operating Zone of 1-2NM placed over areas such as stockyards and homesteads. The form and details on where to submit it are on the Notice to Airmen page.

Airservices Australia has also published an Aeronautical Information Package Supplement (AIP SUP H50/19 – Military Exercise 'Joint Warfighting Series' Shoalwater Bay 7 June - 4 August 2019) that describes the airspace, diversion routes, access and procedures associated with Shoalwater Bay for the exercise. AIP SUP H50/19 is on the Airservices Australia website. An AIP SUP for Bowen is forecast to be published by Airservices Australia by early June 2019.

The Noise Sensitive Area request form and details on AIP SUPs are also on the Notice to Airmen page.