USS America Expeditionary Strike Group Concludes Participation in Talisman Sabre 21

by Lt.Cmdr. Sherrie A Flippin
31 July 2021
From left the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), and multinational steam in formation during Talisman Sabre (TS) 21.
CORAL SEA (July 22, 2021) From left the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), the Republic of Korea navy Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer ROKS Wand Geon (DDH 978), the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154), the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Takanami-class destroyer JS Makinami (DD 112), the Military Sealift Command Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3), the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Calgary (FFH 335), center, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18), back left, the Royal Australian Navvy Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41) and the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) steam in formation during Talisman Sabre (TS) 21. This is the ninth iteration of Talisman Sabre, a large-scale, bilateral military exercise between Australian and the U.S. involving more than 17,000 participants from seven nations. The month-long multi-domain exercise consists of a series of training events that reinforce the strong U.S./Australian alliance and demonstrate the U.S. Military�s unwavering commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Serianni)
From left the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), and multinational steam in formation during Talisman Sabre (TS) 21.
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CORAL SEA (July 22, 2021) From left the Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), the Republic of Korea navy Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer ROKS Wand Geon (DDH 978), the Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Parramatta (FFH 154), the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), the guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Takanami-class destroyer JS Makinami (DD 112), the Military Sealift Command Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3), the Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Calgary (FFH 335), center, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans (LPD 18), back left, the Royal Australian Navvy Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane (DDG 41) and the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) steam in formation during Talisman Sabre (TS) 21. This is the ninth iteration of Talisman Sabre, a large-scale, bilateral military exercise between Australian and the U.S. involving more than 17,000 participants from seven nations. The month-long multi-domain exercise consists of a series of training events that reinforce the strong U.S./Australian alliance and demonstrate the U.S. Military�s unwavering commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Serianni)
Photo By: MC3 Dan Serianni
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210722-N-HG846-1003 CORAL SEA- USS America (LHA 6) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), after two weeks of large-scale multinational maritime operations and exercises, alongside partner nations and allies, concluded Talisman Sabre 21, July 31.
During Talisman Sabre 21, the America ARG-MEU team integrated with the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, and Republic of Korea Navy for maritime operations further enhancing our ability to respond to crises as part of a joint or combined effort. Partner nations trained together operating in a contested maritime environment while conducting integrated amphibious and air defense operations, as well as tactical maneuvering and replenishments-at-sea.

"During Talisman Sabre our Marines and Sailors were able to hone, and demonstrate our ability to fight in a distributed maritime environment alongside our partners and allies," said Col. Michael Nakonieczny, commanding officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). "Talisman Sabre allowed us to focus on littoral training, improve readiness and interoperability, while demonstrating that wherever we go, whatever we do, we do it together."

This was the ninth iteration of the exercise, which is the United States’ largest military exercise with Australia. Through the duration of the exercise, Australia, the U.S. and other partner forces conducted high-end training in complex, multi-domain warfare scenarios at sea, in the littorals and on the ground.
“Every time we get together, it's important to sharpen our skills, but, but more importantly, it's about relationships and establishing those relationships on a tactical level,” said Capt. Greg Baker, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11. “For us to get to know our partner nations and allies on a tactical level and how they communicate is incredibly important because if something happens and we need to come together we can do that quickly and seamlessly.”

Talisman Sabre is Australia’s largest military exercise with the United States and is a demonstration of our strong alliance that is underpinned by deep levels of cooperation and trust built over decades operating and training together. Despite scaled-down force sizes due to COVID-19 protection measures, TS21 was extremely complex in nature, presenting 21st Century multi-domain challenges to enhance interoperability among participating nations.
"All of our partners have maintained the commitment and capability to operate in the COVID-19 environment," said Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander, ESG 7. 'The flexibility of our
militaries to plan in a virtual environment, then move seamlessly to a meaningful, persistent and complex exercise clearly demonstrates that our multinational force is resilient and always combat ready."

At the heart of Talisman Sabre, the U.S.-Australia alliance dates back more than 100 years, encompassing every modern world conflict since World War I. Maintaining and building trust with like-minded allies and partners is crucial to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

"Working alongside allies, and seeing their proficiency and how it mirrors ours has been eye opening. I have great confidence that if required to fight together, we would not only fight, we would prevail," said Nakonieczny.

Together, the forward-deployed ships of ESG 7 and elements of the 31st MEU are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

TS21 is a large-scale, bilateral military exercise between Australia and the U.S. involving more than 17,000 participants from seven nations. It is a demonstration of our strong alliance underpinned by deep levels of cooperation and trust built over decades operating and training together. TS21 advances the Indo-Pacific Pathway’s initiative to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships and interoperability with allies and partners. TS21 also supports the U.S. National Defense Strategy by enhancing our ability to protect the homeland and address the full range of potential security concerns in the Indo-Pacific.
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