05/26/2016: Australian Army soldiers have been ‘digging-in’ with members from the United States Marine Corps, US Army and the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force during Exercise Southern Jackaroo 16 at Shoalwater Bay north of Rockhampton from 14-30 May.
The trilateral exercise has been combined with Brisbane 7th Brigade’s annual combined arms training activity, Exercise Diamond Sprint, and involves almost 2000 Australians and around 365 international participants.
Over the course of the exercise they’ll live together out field, conduct urban operations and live fire activities supported by light armoured vehicles and artillery, all culminating in a Brigade defensive battle.
The aim of the exercise is to promote mutual understanding and enhance the interoperability of the nations.
Credit:Austrlian Ministry of Defence:5/20/16
The first trilateral Exercise Southern Jackaroo was held in 2013.