Sailors observe a coordinated live-fire gunnery exercise from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 29, 2017. The ship is the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, providing a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Photo by (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burke)
Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) prepare to receive cargo from the military sealift command underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) during a replenishment-at-sea and as part of Talisman Saber 17. Green Bay, part of a combined U.S. -Australia-New Zealand expeditionary strike group, is undergoing a series of scenarios that will increase naval proficiencies in operating against blue-water adversarial threats and in its primary mission of launching Marine forces ashore in the littorals. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S. -Australia bilateral exercise held off the coast of Australia meant to achieve interoperability and strengthen the U.S. -Australia alliance. (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers)
A set of MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft fly in formation above Sydney Harbor. Below are the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge. The MV-22Bs belong to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (Reinforced), June 29, 2017. VMM-265 (Rein.) is part of the Aviation Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU and the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group arrived in Sydney after transiting south across the vast Pacific Ocean, from Okinawa, Japan, to southeastern Australia in just over three weeks. Sydney is a favorite port stop for both Marines and Sailors crossing the Pacific. The 31st MEU partners with the Navy's Amphibious Squadron 11 to form the amphibious component of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The 31st MEU and PHIBRON 11 combine to provide a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Photo by U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish)
Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, left, and Royal Australian Navy Vice Adm. David Johnston, Australian Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations, unfurl the ceremonial Talisman Saber 2017 flag during the Talisman Saber 2017 opening ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), June 29, 2017. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S.-Australia bilateral military exercise that combines a field training exercise and command post exercise to strengthen interoperability and response capabilities to uphold the tenets of the U.S.-Australian alliance. (Photo by U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sarah Villegas)
Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pulls into the Sydney Harbor as part of a port visit, June 29,2017. Bonhomme Richard is in Sydney to advance U.S. – Australian relations ahead of the bilateral training exercise Talisman Saber. During the visit, Bonhomme Richard will host a reception, ships tours and experience the culture of the historic city. (Photo by MC2 Sarah Villegas)
CORAL SEA -- The Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) began participating in exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS 17) off the coast of Australia July 8.
TS 17 is a joint exercise sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command designed to enhance U.S.-Australian military interoperability through a variety of maritime, land and air operations scenarios.
"Talisman Saber is an excellent opportunity for Sailors from both navies to train together and enhance our collective, maritime capabilities," said Capt. Buzz Donnelly, Ronald Reagan's commanding officer. "Our ability to integrate seamlessly with our Australian Defence Force partners is integral to our combined efforts to support peace and stability in the region."
TS 17, which began June 23, will include more than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel and feature 21 ships, to including the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, and more than 200 joint aircraft.
This is the seventh iteration of the exercise and will focus on training a combined task force of U.S. and Australian forces in a mid-intensity warfighting scenario, incorporating interagency participation, along with a command post exercise involving a transition between a three and four-star headquarters. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct sea, land, air, cyber training exercises throughout multiple training areas in and around Australia.
The exercise will be conducted from multiple locations in the U.S. to include: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Naval Base San Diego, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Station Norfolk Suffolk Joint DoD Complex, Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and on the island of Guam; and multiple locations in Australia to include: Darwin, Rockhampton, Amberley, Canbena, Enoggera, Fog Bay, the maritime areas of the Coral Sea; and Australian ranges to include the Bradshaw, Shoalwater and Townsville Field Training Areas.
The exercise also includes participation from a number of international organizations, including the World Food Programme, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Australian government entities include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Australian Civilian Corps, the Australian Federal Police, and the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence.
U.S. participating agencies include the U.S. Departments of State, Justice and Agriculture, Federal Bureau of investigation, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Red Cross.
The U.S. and Australia train and work together in a variety of exercises and missions throughout the year, including working together on humanitarian and civic assistance missions in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Additional information on the exercise is available on the U.S. Army Pacific website or through a link from the Australian Defence Force site at http://www.defence.gov.au/Exercises/TS17/
Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.