Four Bases in One Day: Defence Minister Visits Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015
20 July 2015
In a whistlestop tour to Darwin for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, visited four bases in one day - for briefings from Australian and US defence personnel, and meetings with soldiers, sailors and airmen and women.
It was the Minister's first visit to Larrakeyah Barracks, HMAS Coonawarra, RAAF base Darwin and Robertson Barracks. He also visited HMAS Arunta, travelling there on a Navy Seahawk helicopter.
At the end of a very full day, Minister Andrews was appreciative of the opportunity to see first-hand what has been happening during the Exercise - the largest combined military exercise undertaken by the Australian Defence Force.
"We have a very significant relationship with the United States in particular," the Minister said.
"They have, for decades, been our major defence ally. It will be important in the future that we are able to operate seamlessly together and that our forces are truly interoperable at a practical level.
"This gives us an opportunity to test that interoperability and see what we can learn from it so that we can grow in terms of the professionalism and the capability of the forces and their ability to meet future challenges," the Minister said.