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EXERCISE TANDEM THRUST 2001, OFF THE COAST OF AUSTRALIA,  -- Looking for fuel, an F/A-18D from Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (All Weather) VMFA(AW)-533 approaches a KC-130 to gas up.  The KC-130 detachment from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMFA)152 is deployed to Australia in support of Tandem Thrust and has been flying daily to support combat aircraft in the area.  Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001 is a combined United States and Australian military training exercise. This biennial 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 CLEARED FOR RELEASE by Capt. Nathan Jones, Director, Combined Media Bureau, Tandem Thrust 2001.  U.S. Navy photograph by PH1(SW/NAC) Spike Call.

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