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NZDF Takes Part in Australia’s Largest Warfighting Exercise

Two NH90 helicopters were flown onto HMNZS CANTERBURY while she was docked in the Wellington harbour this morning
Two NH90 helicopters were flown onto HMNZS CANTERBURY while she was docked in the Wellington harbour this morning

For most of July, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will take part fully for the first time in Talisman Sabre. The exercise is the largest that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) conducts with all four services of the United States armed forces. Like the NZDF, the Japan Self Defence Force is also joining the biennial exercise for the first time.

We are deploying two ships, four aircraft, around 45 military vehicles including 22 Light Armoured Vehicles, and 620 personnel to Darwin and the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area near Rockhampton.
Every year, we lead or take part in dozens of exercises here and overseas. So you may well ask, what makes Talisman Sabre different?

By sheer breadth of the training alone, Talisman Sabre is a great opportunity for our people. From 5 – 21 July, our people will undertake training in land, air and maritime warfare, including amphibious operations. By operating in a uniquely complex and challenging multinational environment, they will be able to further hone their warfighting capabilities and their ability to respond to a wide variety of contingencies.

The exercise also provides us an opportunity to train with key partners – Australia and the US – so we can further enhance our ability to operate effectively alongside them. Our people will be working as part of a large force led by the Australian Defence Force and our military assets will be integrated with those of the Australians and the US armed forces.

From a strategic perspective, we can use key learnings from Talisman Sabre to inform our efforts to develop the Joint Task Force (JTF) which can deploy, operate and sustain combat forces away from New Zealand. The JTF positions the NZDF as an expeditionary force, and exercises such as Talisman Sabre are a fantastic opportunity to prepare us for that.

Major General Tim Gall
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand

More information:
Media Releases
Tailsman Sabre FAQ
NZDF Videos

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