Exercise Talisman Sabre: Controlling the Airspace


Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 (TS21) is the largest bilateral training activity between Australia and the United States.

This year the peak activity was between 18-31 July and will see an increased number of military and civilian air traffic above Townsville.

For the Air Base controllers at Townsville Air Traffic Control, the exercise was  exciting and challenging, as well as a great opportunity to enhance their skills dealing with both foreign and Australian based aircraft.

Held every two years, TS21 aims to test Australian interoperability with the United States and other participating forces in complex warfighting scenarios.

In addition to the United States, TS21 involves participating forces from Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Australian Department of Defence

July 15, 2021