Australia's largest peacetime military exercise, Kangaroo 11, reached its fi phase Saturday 23/10 when joint American, Australian and New Zealand forces stormed the beaches at Rockhampton, Queensland.
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Background: Australia's largest peacetime military exercise, Kangaroo 11, reached its fi phase Saturday 23/10 when joint American, Australian and New Zealand forces stormed the beaches at Rockhampton, Queensland. The exercises over the past week involved 11000 men 40 ships and 250 planes.
Three thousand American troops hit the beach in a realistic invasion of the northern Queensland city. The troops were sent in from the allied flotilla, which included the American super-Carrier, Enterprise.
Before the troops landed, American F 14 Skyhawks roared over the "enemy" territory, blasting strategic targets.
The invasion force was met with varying resistance from special defence units deployed from the Anzac and American troops who have been exercising in the Rockhampton and Shoalhaven Bay region.
Heavy armour rolled through the scrub as the invading force pushed south to the city.
The Governor General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, was a special guest at the final manoeuvre. He was given a full explanation of each sequence by the commanding officer of the Anzac forces, Major General Don Dunstan.
Ground forces will now link up and a combined operation will be carried out against the "enemy" until the end of the exercise on October 27.
During earlier manoeuvred, the Australian Carrier HMAS Melbourne, and support ships, launched an "attack" on the New South Wales industrial complex at Newcastle. Following this came reports that Russian trawlers were observing the exercises and tailing the allied task force.
The last combined exercise in Australia was in 1974, but on a smaller scale.