Battle for military base

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia (July 16,2011)-Soldiers from the US Army’s 1/158th Long Range Surveillance join soldiers from the 51st Far North Queensland Regiment, Norforce and the Pilbara Regiment as a joint Australian/U.S. surveillance unit at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 is a combined U.S. and Australian exercise aimed at improving combat training, readiness and interoperability, across the spectrum of military operations from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts. The exercise forms part of the Australia Defence Forces’ extensive training program to ensure preparedness or any future deployments and the continued readiness to protect and support Australia and its national interests and to ensure Australian and US military forces can work together efficiently and safely. Around 22,000 Australian and US personnel will participate in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011, which will see personnel and assets from the Australian and U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force as well as the U.S. Marines training in six Defence training areas in Central and Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory, with maritime forces exercising in the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas. (Australian Defence Force photo by ADF Lance Corporal Mark Doran/Released)

The push for a permanent military presence in the region is looking like an uphill battle against the Department of […]

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