SHOALWATER BAY, Queensland –U.S. and Australian Forces conduct rehearsal beach landing during Exercise Talisman Saber (TS 07). TS 07 is a U. S. and Pacific Command directed bilateral command post and training exercise between Australian and U. S. forces. TS07 is designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces demonstrating their commitment to a military alliance and to regional security that creates a flexibility and readiness, which are force multipliers in winning the Global War on Terror. Essex is the Navy’s only forward deployed multi-purpose amphibious assault ship and is the flagship for the Essex Amphibious Ready Group operating from Sasebo, Japan. (Official U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Didier)

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