Australian and United States military personnel will conduct training activities in vicinity of Townsville, Mackay, Bowen and Proserpine, northern Queensland, throughout July as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019.
The training will be conducted during the day and night and involves responses to simulated war-fighting scenarios at military sites and some civilian venues and transport hubs.
The public should not be alarmed if they see or hear military helicopters, watercraft, vehicles, unmanned aerial surveillance systems and military personnel carrying weapons. Blank and paint ammunition will be used during some aspects of the training.
People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of actual threat.
Exercise Talisman Sabre is a bilateral combined Australian and United States training activity. It is held every two years and incorporates land, sea and maritime activities at various locations, focusing on central Queensland and the Coral Sea.
The ADF is unable to provide media access or further information, including specific timings, regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.