Moreton unites the Port of Brisbane for TS19

Published on LCDR Anne Mena (author), LEUT Monzon (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercise TALISMAN SABRE

Representatives of the Royal Australian Navy, the Port of Brisbane and other key stakeholders meet to discuss berthing arrangements for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. (photo: )
Representatives of the Royal Australian Navy, the Port of Brisbane and other key stakeholders meet to discuss berthing arrangements for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

The Port of Brisbane will host more than twenty-five warships for Exercise TALISMAN SABRE this year.

TALISMAN SABRE a major bilateral Australian and United States training activity designed to practice the military services and associated agencies of the two nations in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations.

The exercise scenario is also designed to improve combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and US Forces.

The exercise is due start on 11 July and will take place in the existing Australian Defence Force Shoalwater Bay Training Area and surrounding state forests, near Rockhampton in Central Queensland.

The Commanding Officer of the Royal Australian Navy’s Brisbane base HMAS Moreton, Commander Gerry Savvakis, said Talisman Sabre would bring the largest number of warships to visit Brisbane in over three decades.

“Never before has Brisbane been asked to accommodate such a large number of warships in such a short period of time.

“It is very important for Navy to take the lead on berthing arrangements for TALISMAN SABRE 2019,” Commander Savvakis said.

Lieutenant Russ Benham, HMAS Moreton’s First Lieutenant and Visiting Ships Liaison Officer, recently marked a significant milestone for TALISMAN SABRE 2019 by facilitating a meeting between the Australian Defence Force and the Port of Brisbane’s key stakeholders.

The intent was to bring key stakeholders from the Port of Brisbane, associated Contractors and Defence representatives together to confirm movements and berthing arrangements for both Australian and international ships during the exercise.

“It was the first time all the stakeholders had ever been together in the same room and it certainly shows that Australia, as the host nation, is ready to accommodate the visiting ships into Brisbane,” Lieutenant Benham said.

TALISMAN SABRE 2019 will involve up to 25,000 personnel operating across the maritime, land and air domains.

More information can be found at www.defence.gov.au/Exercises/TS19/.