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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 171-01
April 19, 2001

EXERCISE TANDEM THRUST 2001

More than 18,000 personnel will participate in a combined U.S., Australian and Canadian military training exercise, Tandem Thrust '01. The exercise will take place in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia, May 3-29, 2001.

Tandem Thrust is a combined task force training exercise sponsored by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Pacific Command. It is designed to train the Seventh Fleet commander's staff as a designated Joint Task Force (JTF) headquarters. The exercise will train the JTF Headquarters, along with the staff of headquarters Australian theater, and the deployable joint force headquarters in crisis action planning and execution for contingency response operations.

Pacific Command units, to include the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, are scheduled to participate with units of the Australia Defense Force's maritime air and land commands. Training will include naval, air, and land operations. The exercise's opposing forces will be provided by Canadian Naval and Air Force units, with elements of U.S. units and Australian Defense Force commands.

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