Aus and US troops to be in region for Talisman Sabre 2015
ALMOST 10,000 defence troops, and their wallets, will visit Central Queensland this July for exercise Talisman Sabre 15.
The combined military exercise is the largest undertaken by the Australian Defence Force to provide experience to personnel to improve combat training, readiness and training experiences.
Defence spokesperson, Brigadier Bob Brown, said Navy, Army and Air Force personnel from both Australia and the US will train in the region.
Brigadier Brown said the region would benefit financially from the exercise.
"Rocky always benefits every year from the influx of troops in here and during a Talisman year it's even bigger," he said.
"There will be a lot of local contracts let in the area and hopefully you will see lots of Australian and US troops spending money in Rocky once we're on liberty."
Brigadier Brown said this year's exercise at Shoalwater Bay would primarily be the Australian Army staging Exercise Hamel.
He said the exercise utilised a political and humanitarian component involving displaced people and NGOs.
"The reality is, the uniform side of the fence doesn't fight wars on their own. Any contingency has political and diplomatic elements to it, and a non-government element to it," he said.
"The scenario is a very generic one...it involves fictitious nations offshore, which get into a dispute, a UN mandate is established, and we establish this combined joint taskforce. We fight at that high end…and then that evolves into a UN peacekeeping operation."
The Talisman exercise includes plans for a mass airdrop of personnel into Shoalwater Bay.
The spokesman said the ADF was working to minimise any negative impacts on the local community.
"Defence takes its responsibilities towards the environment very seriously and has conducted an extensive environmental impact assessment process.
"Local communities have been engaged in an ongoing open consultation process to allay any concerns they may have over the impact of this exercise and we will continue this engagement," he said.