Royal Marines To Join Giant Australian Bilateral Defence Exercise

Exercise Sea Raider is part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021, the largest training activity between the Australian and US militaries.

Royal Marines personnel from 40 Commando are set to join Australia's amphibious force in the air, on land and at sea for Exercise Sea Raider in North Queensland.

The Australian troops have already been rehearsing and perfecting the intricate process of moving people and materials from HMAS Canberra and Choules to shore as part of Exercise Sea Explorer.

Involving nearly 1,600 Australian army, navy and air force elements, it is all part of preparations for July's Exercise Sea Raider in which they will support the broader Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 (TS21).

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, transit to an Australian Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter onboard HMAS Canberra (Picture: Australian Department of Defence).

Taking place every two years, Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the ADF and United States military. 

This year it is also involving military personnel from the UK and Japan as well.

During Exercise Sea Raider, the focus will be on tactics and integration with a company of US marines from Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, a strike company of Royal Marines from Bravo Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, and a platoon of Japanese infantry from the Amphibious Ready Deployment Brigade.

The Royal Marines have been undergoing a modernisation programme, known as the Future Commando Force, with includes new kit, new ways of working and a new uniform.

Cover image: Royal Australian Regiment soldiers disembark a Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock (LHD) as part of Exercise Sea Explorer (Picture: Australian Department of Defence).