ON THE WAY: The US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington is headed to Central Queensland as part of Talisman Sabre. INSET: MP Michelle Landry will host Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert and Chief of Defence Mark Binskin for a visit to Talisman Sabre.
ON THE WAY: The US Navy aircraft carrier USS George Washington is headed to Central Queensland as part of Talisman Sabre. INSET: MP Michelle Landry will host Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert and Chief of Defence Mark Binskin for a visit to Talisman Sabre. ROLEX DELA PENA

Talisman Sabre military exercise to bring over $5m to CQ

THE USS George Washington carrying 6000 personnel will anchor off the Capricorn Coast for next month's Talisman Sabre military exercise at Shoalwater Bay.

A statement released yesterday by Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said Australian Defence will spend more than $5.2 million in Capricornia on the exercise in the coming weeks.

"Not to mention personal spending by each soldier and on top of this army, navy and air force officers will spend millions more in our retail and tourism sectors when they take their recreation leave," Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry said Federal Government defence activity in Capricornia was worth tens of millions of dollars to the local economy.

"The economic benefit to Capricornia from military exercises with Singapore (Wallaby) and the United States (Talisman Sabre) is worth $42.1 million in direct business," she said.

The MP's comments come as the region gears up to welcome the joint US-Australian exercise which will involve 30,000 troops allocated between Shoalwater Bay and Darwin.

There is a push among community leaders in the Rockhampton region to increase military activity here and according to Ms Landry, discussions are continuing in Canberra for the prospect of a greater role for defence in CQ.

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON:

Here are some fast facts about the aircraft carrier:

  • The super carrier can accommodate approximately 90 aircraft
  • The craft's flight deck 4.5 acres (18,000 m²) in size
  • Commissioned in July of 1992
  • 18,000 meals are served a day onboard


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