10/26/2017: Exercise Northern Shield 2017 (NS17) is an Australian Defence Force (ADF) training activity where high-readiness forces deploy quickly to remote locations in Australia in response to a simulated incident.
This year, NS17 involves a civilian evacuation scenario from a fictitious state that is based on the North Queensland region.
This exercise is designed to enable the Australian Defence Force to practice and participate in supporting an Australian Whole-of-Government response.
A wide range of Australian Defence Force capabilities and personnel have been brought together for this short notice exercise to demonstrate Defence’s ability to respond to any contingency in the region and provide an agile, decisive and effective deterrent to any future incidents.
Australian Department of Defence
October 17, 2017