Exercise Talisman Sabre has kicked off in Australia, and is the premier Australia‑United States bilateral exercise. Over 33,000 military personnel will participate in the bilateral military exercise between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the United States Military. The exercise, which is centered on mid-intensity, high-end warfighting, will consist of force preparation activities, special forces activities, amphibious landings, parachuting, land force manoeuvres, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and live firing. Sydney saw the commencement of the exercise with four MV-22B Osprey Helicopters landing into Sydney, picking up media and VIP's from USS Bonhomme Richard, a 257m Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, for the official commencement. The whole exercise is set to feature 21 ships, and more than 200 Joint Aircraft.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis touched down in Sydney at 1930 on the Fourth of June, to participate in the 2017 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations hosted by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne. Tillerson, Mattis and their counterparts will discuss the full range of U.S-Australian cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues, including anti-terrorism talks. Five Aircraft were used in the convoy which arrived from Singapore, including 74-0787 USAF E-4B, 09-9205 USAF C-17, 98-0002 USAF C-32, 01-0041 USAF C-40 and 01-0015 USAF C-40. 74-0787 E-4B and 09-9205 C-17 left Sydney at 2200 on the Fifth of June, back to the U.S. Meanwhile, both the C-40's left on the Sixth of June carrying the Secretary of State and Defence to Wellington, continuing talks with New Zealand officials.