Exercise Talisman Sabre - Australia

Exercise Talisman Sabre - Australia

Postby RichardE on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 7:37 am

Exercise Talisman Sabre 17 has recently concluded in Australia, this is a biennial exercise involving Australia and the United States and has participation from New Zealand.
The majority of the exercise took place in the Shoalwater Bay Training area near Rockhampton in central Queensland.

The focus on the following images are USN, USAF & RAAF movements from RAAF Amberley & Brisbane International Airport.

During the exercise aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW5) from the USS Ronald Reagan operated from Amberley, along with VAQ-132 Scorpions from NAS Whidbey Island.
This was alongside the resident units of No 1 Squadron, No 36 Squadron & No 33 Squadron.

At the conclusion of the exercise the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76) and the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6), arrived into Brisbane for a port visit.

There a quite a few images here to give a decent overview of the activity.

So if you make it to the end thanks for looking, I hope there is something different that is of interest.

RAAF Amberley

1. F/A-18F Super Hornet 1 Squadron
ImageTS00000024 by Richard E, on Flickr

2.2. KC-30A 33 Squadron
ImageTS00000022 by Richard E, on Flickr

3. C-17A 36 Squadron
ImageTS00000027 by Richard E, on Flickr

4. Learjet 45
ImageTS00000023 by Richard E, on Flickr

5. F/A-18G VAQ-132 Scorpions
ImageTS00000014 by Richard E, on Flickr

6. F/A-18G VAQ-132 Scorpions
ImageTS00000006 by Richard E, on Flickr

7. F/A-18F VFA-102, F/A-18E VFA-27, VFA-115, VFA-195
ImageTS00000010 by Richard E, on Flickr

8. MH-60R HSM77 Sabrehawks
ImageTS00000009 by Richard E, on Flickr

9. F/A-18E VFA-195 Dambusters
ImageTS00000016 by Richard E, on Flickr

10.MV-22B VMM 265 Dragons
ImageTS00000017 by Richard E, on Flickr

The most exciting movement for me was the diversion of 2 AV-8B Harrier from VMA 311 off the USS Bonhomme Richard, this is the first time I have seen Harriers in the air or this close.

11. AV-8B VMA 311Tomcats
ImageTS00000008 by Richard E, on Flickr

12. AV-8B VMA-311 Tomcats
ImageTS00000003 by Richard E, on Flickr

13. F/A-18G VAQ-132
ImageTS00000021 by Richard E, on Flickr

14. C-2A Greyhound VRC-30
ImageTS00000020 by Richard E, on Flickr

15. F/A-18F VFA-102 Diamondbacks
ImageTS00000005 by Richard E, on Flickr

Brisbane International Airport

16. C40B
ImageTS00000013 by Richard E, on Flickr

17. KC-10 9th Air Refuelling Squadron
ImageTS00000011 by Richard E, on Flickr

18. RNZAF 757 40 Squadron
ImageTS00000012 by Richard E, on Flickr

19. C-2A Greyhound
ImageTS00000019 by Richard E, on Flickr

20. KC-10
ImageTS00000007 by Richard E, on Flickr

Port Visit

USS Ronald Reagan CVN76

21.
ImageTS00000018 by Richard E, on Flickr

22. Some colour from HSM 12
ImageTS00000002 by Richard E, on Flickr

23.
ImageTS00000028 by Richard E, on Flickr

24.
ImageTS00000004 by Richard E, on Flickr

25.
ImageTS00000026 by Richard E, on Flickr

USS Bonhomme Richard LHD6

26.
ImageBHR8 by Richard E, on Flickr

27.
ImageUSS BHR2 by Richard E, on Flickr

28.
ImageUSS BHR1 by Richard E, on Flickr
RichardE

Re: Exercise Talisman Sabre - Australia

Postby whitecat on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 7:49 am

Great shots.
Wished there was an exercise like that when I was there.
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whitecat

Re: Exercise Talisman Sabre - Australia

Postby Ewart on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 8:52 am

Great pictures. Nice to see things from the other end of the world.

I do like the long exposure photographs of the aircraft carrier.
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Ewart

Re: Exercise Talisman Sabre - Australia

Postby austinp on Fri 04 Aug 2017, 10:47 am

Great shots, thanks for sharing.

Nice to see the Harrier in the air :-D
austinp

Re: Exercise Talisman Sabre - Australia

Postby RichardE on Sat 05 Aug 2017, 7:10 am

Thanks for the comments, we don't get a huge variety here regularly so was good to see something different for a few weeks.
RichardE


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