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US, Australia form formidable amphibious alliance during Talisman Saber drills | Stars and Stripes

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Australia — Under the cover of darkness, U.S. and Australian troops aboard the USS Green Bay loaded into small rubber boats early Wednesday and crept toward the eastern Queensland shore.

The Marines from the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment were laying the ground work for a joint U.S.-Australian amphibious landing — part of the monthlong Talisman Saber exercise underway Down Under — slated to commence at dawn.

More than 33,000 Australian and U.S. troops are participating in the biennial exercise, which has an imaginary foe with capabilities that mirror those of major military powers such as China and Russia. The war games include simulated cyber operations, Special Forces, naval and air movements, bombardment, acts of deception and assaults from the sea and air.

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