As Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019 drew to a close, some of the crew and embarked forces on HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra tallied up the kilometres they travelled over the course of the exercise without ever leaving the ships.
Many of the embarked forces conducted fitness tests and ran around the flight decks of both ships with full packs and weapons. It was rare that any of the embarked soldiers didn’t cover fewer than 10 kilometres a day.
For the average sailor or soldier making their way around the Landing Helicopter Dock vessels, even a slow day would, at a minimum, result in climbing the equivalent of 40 flights of steps and walking six kilometres.
For a sailor on one of the ships, the overall average distance that would have been achieved over the 18-day multinational exercise would have matched climbing Mount Kosciusko, Australia’s tallest mountain.
The crews of Australia’s largest warships were indeed fit to fight.
TALISMAN SABRE 2019 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery: