First Patriot Missile Launch in Australia


US military personnel completed the first ever Patriot surface-to-air missile firing on Australian soil at Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021(TS21).

Held every two-years. TS21 is the largest bilateral training activity between Australia and the United States, and is aimed at testing Australian interoperability with the United States and other participating forces in complex warfighting scenarios.

In addition to the United States, this year’s exercise involves participating forces from Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The exercise includes a Field Training Exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, ground force manoeuvres, urban operations, air combat and maritime operations.

Activities will peak from 18 – 31 July across Queensland.