PICTURES: NH90s at Talisman Saber 2015

July 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

--The RNZAF NH90 flying over the Shoalwater Bay Training Area alongside the Australian Army MRH and Tiger Aircraft as part of their intergration training. Aussie MRH90s and Kiwi NH90s have flown alongside each other at the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area in Exercise Talisman Saber 2015. © RNZAF / CPL Amanda McErlich

NH90s from the two operators of the helicopter in the southern hemisphere have come together to train and fly in Exercise Talisman Saber 2015. The biennial exercise is being held from 5 to 21 July 2015 in multiple training areas across Queensland and Northern Territory in Australia and involves 30,000 troops from the United States, Australia and smaller contributions from New Zealand and Japan.

Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90s from 3 Squadron staged their first overseas deployment when two of the type made the short hop north to Rockhampton after disembarking from the multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury. The NH90s were embedded within the Australian Defence Force (ADF)’s 16th Aviation Brigade during the exercise and flew alongside the MRH90 (ADF's designation for the NH90) and Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) as part of their integration training. The NH90s and MRH90s conducted troop transport and utility missions at the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area with escort provided by the Tiger ARHs.

Two RNZAF NH90s from a fleet of eight have been deployed to Australia for Exercise Talisman Saber 2015. © RNZAF / CPL Amanda McErlich

20150703ara8561311_143.jpg20150703ara8561311_143.jpgThe loadmaster of an Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter from Battlegroup Griffin surveys a landing zone at Sam Hill Airfield in Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Hamel 2015. *** Local Caption *** The Talisman Sabre series of exercises is the principal Australian and US military training activity focused on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity "high end" warfighting.

This year will be the sixth time the Exercise has been conducted and will involve about 30,000 Australian and US participants with planning and military operations at sea, in the air and on land.

Ex TS15 will incorporate force preparation activities, Special Forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and the coordinated firing of live ammunition and explosive ordnance from small arms, artillery, naval vessels and aircraft.
An Australian Army MRH90 approaches for landing at Sam Hill Airfield in Shoalwater Bay Training Area © Commonwealth of Australia / LCPL Sebastian Beurich


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