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USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group joins Royal Australian Navy for Sea, Air and Intelligence Integration during Talisman Sabre 23

03 August 2023

From Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Brown

INDIAN OCEAN - Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 hosted a team of Royal Australian Navy intelligence leaders aboard the flagship Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during Talisman Sabre 23 off the northwestern coast of Australia.

The intelligence integration coincided with the carrier strike group’s maritime exercises in the Indian Ocean with the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) and Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Perth (FFH 157).

Exercise Talisman Sabre 23
INDIAN OCEAN (July 22, 2023) The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), steams in formation with the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54) and the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Perth (FFH 157) during Talisman Sabre 23 in the Indian Ocean, July 22, 2023. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral military exercise between Australia and the United States advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships and interoperability among key Allies and enhancing our collective capabilities to respond to a wide array of potential security concerns. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Brown)
Exercise Talisman Sabre 23
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INDIAN OCEAN (July 22, 2023) The U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), steams in formation with the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54) and the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Perth (FFH 157) during Talisman Sabre 23 in the Indian Ocean, July 22, 2023. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral military exercise between Australia and the United States advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships and interoperability among key Allies and enhancing our collective capabilities to respond to a wide array of potential security concerns. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Brown)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Brown
VIRIN: 230722-N-OE145-1057


The CSG’s participation in Talisman Sabre also included coordinated air exercises involving the embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, as well as elements from the U.S. Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force.

“Talisman Sabre gives us another opportunity to maintain and improve upon our ability to integrate seamlessly with our Australian allies to execute complex, multi-domain missions across a vast area,” said Rear Adm. Pat Hannifin, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5. “In addition to our advanced air and sea exercises, this event provides us valuable space to share best practices with specialists from the Australian intelligence community, building relationships and shared awareness that will pay dividends deep into the future.”

The embarked Australian intelligence team was led by Cmdr. Darryl Scott of the Royal Australian Navy Information Warfare Force.

“Interoperability is of great importance to our two Navies,” said Scott. “We’re getting an even better understanding of how many ways we can support each other. Our ability to share intelligence, share reporting and share data allows us to better prepare for future operations, either interlinked with American forces or actually embedded with a strike group like this.”

In addition to the Australian intelligence team, the USS Ronald Reagan and CSG staff hosted a group of Australian Sailors from the crew of HMAS Perth.

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group also includes the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Robert Smalls (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54).

Talisman Sabre is taking place over multiple weeks from mid-July through early August, involving more than 30,000 Australian, U.S. and other international military personnel.

U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly in formation over the Indian Ocean.
INDIAN OCEAN (July 28, 2023) A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, two RAAF F-35B Lightning II aircraft, two RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets, U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, RAAF EA-18G Growler and a U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler fly in formation over the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in support of Talisman Sabre 23, in the Indian Ocean, July 28, 2023. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral military exercise between Australia and the United States, advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships and interoperability among key Allies and enhancing our collective capabilities to respond to a wide array of potential security concerns. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Caroline H. Lui)
U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly in formation over the Indian Ocean.
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INDIAN OCEAN (July 28, 2023) A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft, a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, two RAAF F-35B Lightning II aircraft, two RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets, U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet, U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet, RAAF EA-18G Growler and a U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler fly in formation over the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in support of Talisman Sabre 23, in the Indian Ocean, July 28, 2023. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the United States, and supports alliances, partnerships and collective maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific region. Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral military exercise between Australia and the United States, advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific by strengthening relationships and interoperability among key Allies and enhancing our collective capabilities to respond to a wide array of potential security concerns. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Caroline H. Lui)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Caroline H. Lui
VIRIN: 230728-N-IK052-1400


Conducted biennially since 2005, Talisman Sabre is the United States’ largest military exercise with Australia. This exercise demonstrates the strong U.S.-Australia alliance, which has sustained cooperation and trust throughout decades of operating, training, and exercising together.

Jointly sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command, this year’s exercise is the 10th iteration of Talisman Sabre, and incorporates U.S. Space Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, and Australian Defence Forces, as well as other government agencies from each country. Participating nations include: Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, Tonga, United Kingdom, and United States.

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