Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Sabre 2015 off the north coast of Australia, July 7.
Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving Australian and U.S. combat readiness and interoperability.
The GWCSG will join the more than 33,000 U.S. and Australian personnel, 21 ships, more than 200 aircraft and three submarines, in this sixth iteration of the exercise. The strike group will focus on joint training alongside the Royal Australian Navy and Air Force by conducting sea and air training throughout multiple areas in and around Australia.
Participants from the GWCSG include Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Destroyer Squadron 15, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62).
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