07/23/2013: In this slideshow, various images of the early phase of the bilateral Aussie-American exercise can be seen.
The first three photos are credited to: Navy Public Affairs Support Element Japan;
The final three photos to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73):7/18/13
- In the first photo, Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) arrives into position for an early morning refueling at sea during Talisman Saber 2013.Talisman Saber 2013 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
- In the second photo, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) receives fuel from Military Sealift Command’s dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) during an early morning replenishment at sea in support of Talisman Saber 2013.
- In the third photo, an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from the Island Knights supports Talisman Saber 2013.
- In the fourth photo, an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 launches from the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013
- In the fifth photo, sailors load ordnance onto an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 on the flight deck of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013.
- In the final photo, aviation Structural Mechanic Benjamin Thorpe conducts corrosion control on an MH-60S Seahawk from the “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12. George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, are currently participating in Talisman Saber 2013.