Big crowds turn out to Talisman Sabre open day
UPDATE, 12.05pm: Big crowds have turned out to the 2015 Talisman Sabre Open Day at Rockhampton Showgrounds today.
There are lines of people queuing up for a look over the display of military equipment, including helicopters, and the opportunity to talk with US and Australian Defence Force personnel.
The open day will run from 11.30am to 4pm. Entry is $2 with proceeds going to Legacy, food stalls will be available and the Australian Army Band Brisbane will provide entertainment.
Rockhampton Regional Deputy Mayor Tony Williams said Rockhampton was once again working closely with the military to highlight the Talisman Sabre exercises and the strong bonds we share.
"Rockhampton has a proud history with both the US and Australian military and it's something that we highly value and continue to encourage and foster," Cr Williams said.
"During the Second World War, up to 70,000 American combat troops called our region home and we formed unbreakable bonds with those soldiers, and that strong relationship has continued today."
"We're encouraging the community to build on that too and come along to the Talisman Sabre Open Day to meet with Defence Force personnel, chat with them about the military and check out the range of combat equipment on show."
Equipment on show from Australian, US and New Zealand Defence Force military will include the new G-Wagon, Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, rotary winged aircraft, light armoured vehicles, a tank, military working dogs, an infantry section with small arms and support weapons, and other combat support and combat service support equipment. In true military style, the Australian Army Band Brisbane will also be performing throughout the day.
Talisman Sabre 2015 is a biennial combined training exercise, designed to train Australian and US Forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations.