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01 August 2022
Exercise Koolendong Sees a Strengthened Alliance

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Dexter Madrigal and Australian Army Private Daniel Rochford under the stars at RAAF Base Curtin. Photo: US Corporal Cedar Barnes

More than 2200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and US Armed Forces recently conducted Exercise Koolendong 2022, a combined arms littoral combat scenario across northern Australia.

The three-week warfighting exercise was held at Yampi Sound Training Area and RAAF Base Curtin in Western Australia and at Mount Bundey Training Area in the Northern Territory and simulated a joint response to a regional security crisis.

Australian Army Colonel Marcus Constable, Commander Headquarters Northern Command, said the annual exercise strengthened the Australia-US relationship and advanced and validated interoperability across warfighting functions.

“Participating force elements deployed over 1000km by land, sea and air to rehearse and confirm coalition command and control processes, coordination of strategic joint strike assets, logistics support and the sustainment of these deployed forces while training together," Colonel Constable said.

“Our US alliance is the cornerstone of Australian security. Our relationship with the US only grows stronger the more we talk, work and train together.”

The annual bilateral warfighting exercise is aimed at enhancing Australia-US interoperability and preparedness to respond to a regional security crisis.

Exercise Koolendong demonstrates joint capacity to deploy combined tactical teams across maritime and littoral environments over significant distances and in remote and austere environments.


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