US marines arrive in Rockhampton for Talisman Sabre.
US marines arrive in Rockhampton for Talisman Sabre. Mikaela Mazzer

Marines here for army ops

WHAT do more than 50 US Marines want to do when they come to Rockhampton?

See the Brahmans, of course.

That's not the beef kind, but the rugby union team.

The Brahmans season is over, but there is still plenty of local union and other sport action they can see during their stay in CQ

The US Marines touched down in Rockhampton yesterday in the lead up to the Talisman Sabre exercise at Shoalwater Bay.

They will be among more than 7000 troops who will make their way to Shoalwater Bay for the combined Australian and US military training exercise

Talisman Sabre spokesman Brigadier Bob Brown said Shoalwater Bay provided an excellent environment for the soldiers to practise real-life combat scenarios.

“Shoalwater Bay is a unique zone for this sort of training and we are very lucky to have access to it. I know the US is very appreciative. I don't think there is anywhere else like it in the Pacific,” Brig Brown said.

He said the exercise was central to the defence of Australia and its interests. Talisman Sabre is the largest training operation for the Australian Defence Force.

“In terms of the Australian and US alliance, Talisman Sabre is important,” Brig Brown said.

“We have a lot of things in common but we do things differently. So it is important that when we do things for real, we know and understand each other and know how we both operate. This exercise helps makes that process much more seamless.”

Talisman Sabre is launched tomorrow at the Rockhampton Showgrounds with an official open day. Those who attend the open day will have the chance to see pieces of military equipment that will be used during the exercise and enjoy military band performances.

Gates will be open from 1pm-4pm and entry will be a gold coin donation with all funds going to the legacy foundation.



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