Exercise locations and activities
Exercise Talisman Sabre 2013 (TS13) will be conducted at designated Australian Defence Force (ADF) training facilities in Queensland, the Northern Territory, within the Australian Maritime Zones of Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone. The types of activities undertaken are dependent on the training area.
The Shoalwater Bay Training Area is located north east of Rockhampton and north of Yeppoon and is recognised as Australia’s single most important area for the conduct of amphibious and combined arms exercises due to its coastal location.
Activities at the training area will involve a combination of amphibious landing, parachute landings, land force manoeuvres, urban operations, and extensive fixed and rotary wing flying operations. Troops will practice the coordinated firing of live ammunition from a range of weapon systems delivered from land, air and sea platforms.
Several activities may also be held at the Townsville Field Training Area, west of Townsville. These activities include land force manoeuvres, coordinated firing of live ammunition, and fixed and rotary wing flying operations.
At Cowley Beach Training Area this may consist of force preparation activities and may involve rehearsal of an amphibious landing prior to maritime transit to Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
A substantial component of TS13 will occur at sea with forces distributed over the Coral Sea within the Australian Maritime Zones of the Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone Activities. This may include anti-surface, anti-air and anti-submarine warfare training, use of sonobuoys to locate submarines, use of sonar for sub-surface vessel detection, clearance diving and logistics training at sea including mid-frequency active sonar.
Some gun and missile firing will also occur at sea. The use of these weapons on impact areas will be consistent with standard operating procedures for other exercises.
Saumarez Reef, a dedicated training area within the Coral Sea, is likely to be used during TS13 for aircraft live fire practice.
Northern Territory (NT)
TS13 may use several training facilities in the Northern Territory including the Delamere Range Facility, Bradshaw Field Training Area and Mount Bundey Training Area. Limited activities are likely to occur in the Northern Australian Range Complex, with some activities potentially occurring in the Bradshaw Field Training area in the lead up to TS13.
These low level training activities will be similar to the usual activities which occur within the Bradshaw Field Training Area.