Exercise KOWARI Starts in North Queensland
28 August 2019
Exercise KOWARI, a trilateral military exercise between Australia, the United States and China begins in North Queensland today.
First held in 2014, the annual exercise encourages participating military personnel to work together in the Australian bush to conduct a series of training activities including hiking, sea kayaking, mountaineering and canyoning.
The Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, said Exercise KOWARI was designed to strengthen cooperation between the three participating nations.
“The Australian Army is committed to working cooperatively with our international partners,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“Exercise KOWARI will enable important people-to-people connections between counterparts as they work together to complete a series of physically and mentally challenging training activities.
“By holding exercises such as KOWARI, we promote friendship and cooperation between Australia, the US and China, enhancing the security of our region.”
In its sixth iteration, Exercise KOWARI is being hosted for a third time in Far North Queensland by the Australian Army’s 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment (51 FNQR).
The exercise will conclude on 5 September 2019.
Imagery from Exercise Kowari will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20191966.