11 June 2015
Two NH90 helicopters were flown onto HMNZS CANTERBURY while she was docked in the Wellington harbour this morning, as the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) prepares to deploy for Australia’s largest warfighting exercise.
Forty-five military vehicles, including 22 Light Armoured Vehicles were also loaded, in preparation for the training with key partners Australia and the United States. This will be the first time New Zealand fully participates in Exercise Talisman Sabre.
Photos and video of the loading are available from the attached weblink: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ji4rw6fjvjt4hwg/AADaohL_DdeD9kd53MRoKeU7a?dl=0
The biennial exercise will be held from 5- 21 July in multiple training areas in Australia and the United States. It focuses on crisis action planning and humanitarian missions, enhancing participating nations’ capabilities to deal with regional contingencies and terrorism.
The NZDF is deploying two ships, two other aircraft and 620 personnel for the exercise, which is the largest that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) conducts with all four services of the US armed forces.
“Talisman Sabre is a great training opportunity for our people,” said Major General Tim Gall, Commander Joint Forces New Zealand.
“We will be operating in a uniquely complex and challenging multinational environment where our people can further hone their warfighting capabilities and their ability to respond to a wide variety of contingencies.”
Maj Gen Gall said the exercise provided “an opportunity to train with key partners – Australia and the US – so we can enhance our ability to operate effectively alongside them.”
“From a strategic perspective, we can use key learnings from the exercise to inform our efforts to develop the Joint Task Force which can deploy, operate and sustain combat forces away from New Zealand,” he added.
Talisman Sabre covers training in land, air and maritime warfare, including amphibious operations. It will involve around 30,000 troops from the ADF and the US military, 21 ships including the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington, more than 200 aircraft and three submarines.
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