George Washington Builds Relationships with Japan
George Washington Builds Relationships with
Japan, Australia, New Zealand during Talisman Sabre
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice
Shayla D. Hamilton, USS George Washington Public Affairs.
Timor Sea — (NNS)
— July 13, 2015 — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) welcomed
distinguished visitors from Japan, Australia and New Zealand to learn about and
experience aircraft carrier operations during Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15), July
The tour familiarized George Washington's Australian and New Zealand partners
in flight operations, aircraft launch and recovery, aircraft maintenance and
ship navigation. Along with being briefed on daily ship operations, the visitors
were able to get insight on TS15 exercises.
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the USS George Washington (CVN 73)
Distinguished visitors included Sumio Kusaka, Japanese ambassador to
Australia, Tony Lynch, New Zealand's deputy secretary of defense, and Stuart
Robert, Australia's assistant minister of defence and Mark Binskin, chief of
Australia's defence force.
"It's been a fantastic experience," said Lynch. "The arrival was something
quite spectacular. Meeting the people here, the welcome and the scale of this
vessel are all quite something by New Zealand's standards. The contact between
New Zealand and the U.S. is just great. In Defense, it's all about
people-to-people ties and connections. Seeing the passion and the energy of each
other during exercises such as Talisman Sabre is quite something."
Distinguished visitors toured the ship's hangar bay, flight deck, navigation
bridge, air operations center and combat direction center.
"The bilateral, biennial exercise Talisman Sabre is well and truly underway,"
said Robert. "Today's visit was a great opportunity to come on board what is one
of the most potent weapons systems the world has seen, a Nimitz-class aircraft
According to Robert, the opportunity to bring high-level Australian
government and military officials aboard George Washington shows the strength of
the U.S. and Australian alliance.
"I know my colleagues in the defense force gain so much from these
alliances," added Lynch. "We're in a great trajectory between the U.S. and New
Zealand and I'm looking forward to that continuing."
TS15 is a biennial land, sea and air military training exercise between U.S.
and Australian forces that features more than 33,000 personnel, 21 ships, 200
aircraft and three submarines, which increases U.S.-Australian interoperability
to respond to a wide variety of contingencies and maintain security, peace, and
stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
For more news from USS George Washington (CVN 73), visit