Monday, November 14, 2011


Barely outrunning its own dust cloud an Australian Leopard tank participating in Exercise Tandem Thrust as opposing forces rolls down the road on Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Members of Bravo112, 1st Battalion 12th Marines and the Australian, 1st Armoured Regiment are just a couple of units acting as opposing forces during Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001. Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001 is a combined United States, Australian and Canadian military training exercise. This biannual exercise is being held in the vicinity of Shoalwater Bay training area, Queensland, Australia. More than 27,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are participating, with Canadian units taking part as opposing forces. The purpose of Exercise Tandem Thrust is to train for crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. (Photograph: Capt. Nathan Jones, Director, Combined Information Bureau, Tandem Thrust 2001)

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