CORAL SEA- - USS America (LHA 6) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), after two weeks of large-scale multinational maritime operations and exercises alongside partner nations and allies, concluded Talisman Sabre 21, July 31.
During Talisman Sabre 21 the America ARG-MEU team integrated with the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and Republic of Korea Navy for maritime operations further enhancing our ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort.
Partner nations trained together operating in a contested maritime environment while conducting integrated amphibious and air defense operations, as well as tactical maneuvering and replenishments-at-sea.
"During Talisman Sabre our Marines and Sailors were able to hone, and demonstrate our ability to fight in a distributed maritime environment alongside our partners and allies," said Col. Michael Nakonieczny, commanding officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). "Talisman Sabre allowed us to focus on littoral training, improve readiness and interoperability, while demonstrating that wherever we go, whatever we do, we do it together."
This was the ninth iteration of the exercise, which is the United States’ largest military exercise with Australia. Through the duration of the exercise, Australia, the U.S. and other partner forces conducted high-end training in complex, multi-domain warfare scenarios at sea, in the littorals and on the ground.
“Every time we get together, it's important to sharpen our skills, but, but more importantly, it's about relationships and establishing those relationships on a tactical level,” said Capt. Greg Baker, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11. “For us to get to know our partner nations and allies on a tactical level and how they communicate is incredibly important because if something happens and we need to come together we can do that quickly and seamlessly.” MORE