Australian & NZ Defender magazine No 99 September 2017
AUSTRALIA: Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017, the Australian Defence Force's largest international training activity involving over 30,000 Australian, New Zealand, United States, Canadian and Japanese personnel was conducted in Queensland and the Northern Territory in June and July.
IRAQ & SYRIA: Australian Build Partner Capacity Operations by Task Group Taji 5, Train Advise and Assist operations by the Special Operations Task Group - Iraq and Offensive Air Operations by the Australian Air Task Group are all assisting the CJTF - Operation Inherent Resolve led coalition to destroy Islamic State for good.
MIDDLE EAST REGION: HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Arunta Maritime Security Operations with Combined Maritime Forces to ensure the sea routes in the Middle East are safe for international trade and are not used by islamist terrorists.
USA: An RAAF C-17A Globemaster and a KC-33 Multi Role Tanker Transport deployed to Washington State USA to train with the US Air Force and international partners in Exercise Mobility Guardian 2017.
ASIA PACIFIC: The RAN is leading the Australian effort to build strong military partnerships to stabilise the Asia Pacific region during the current massive changes in the balance of power.
ADF NEWS: US approves Australian acquisition of five G550 based Electronic Intelligence aircraft; the RAAF EA-18G Growler fleet operating from RAAF Amberley; Army drops Plan Beersheba Order of Battle, Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart to be commissioned on September 23, Canberra Amphibious Assault Ships back at sea; MV-22 Osprey crash, E-7A Wedgetail Systems Upgrade, HMAS Sydney scrapped, Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle trials complete, Manned - Unmanned Teaming Target Engagement, Small Unmanned Aircraft System, HX77 Trucks revolutionise battlefield logistics.
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