Photos from the US military's major training exercise with Australia and New Zealand

Exercise Hamel

An Australian Army soldier from 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, moves across the ‘battlefield’ in the early hours of the morning during Exercise Hamel 2016, in Cultana training area, South Australia, on 6 July 2016. | Commonwealth of Australia

It’s summer and it seems like the perfect season for nations to begin training their troops with major operations. Australia is no exception as it launches its annual Army training, Exercise Hamel.

Named after The Battle of Hamel at France in 1918, the exercise takes its roots from its successful attack on German positions by Australian forces in conjunction with American units — paving the way for an allied victory of World War I.

Keeping up with this spirit, the Australians will host over 8,000 troops during its trilateral exercise in South Australia — including US Marines and soldiers, and the New Zealand Army.

Check out the photos of what went down down-under.

US Marines move to their first objective point during Exercise Hamel at Cultana Training Area, South Australia, Australia.

US Marines move to their first objective point during Exercise Hamel at Cultana Training Area, South Australia, Australia.

US Marines move to their first objective point during Exercise Hamel at Cultana Training Area, South Australia, Australia. Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/US Marine Corps

An Australian Army soldier moves across the mock battlefield in the early hours of the morning.

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Commonwealth of Australia

A platoon sergeant looks at a map of Cultana Training Area in order to complete his objective.

Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/US Marine Corps

Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/US Marine Corps

US Marine officers pass information by radio.

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Marines press forward for patrol.

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Commonwealth of Australia

Troops found themselves moving in and out of rocky trenches.

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

A rifleman scans the area outside of the objective.

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

A US anti-tank missileman looks for activity from the trenches.

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

An infantry unit leader sights in to look for enemy forces across the cliff.

An infantry unit leader sights in to look for enemy forces across the cliff. Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/US Marine Corps

An infantry unit leader sights in to look for enemy forces across the cliff.
Cpl. Mandaline Hatch/US Marine Corps

US Marines clear trenches in the harsh terrain of South Australia.

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

A New Zealand Army soldier drags a “wounded” enemy soldier to safety during the clearance of the township of Iron Knob, South Australia, as part of Exercise Hamel.

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Commonwealth of Australia

A New Zealand Army infantry soldier patrols the perimeter of an internally displaced persons camp.

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Commonwealth of Australia

A Combined Anti-Armor Team HMMWV moves into a screening position in the foliage.

Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr./US Marine Corps

Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr./US Marine Corps

Australian Army soldiers identify mock enemy positions during the clearance of the township of Iron Knob, South Australia.

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Commonwealth of Australia

Australian Army soldiers push forward through the town using cover.

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Commonwealth of Australia

A United States Army soldier engages the enemy forces scattered throughout the town.

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Commonwealth of Australia

An Australian Army Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter takes off from the Battlegroup Griffin position at Port Pirie, South Australia.

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Commonwealth of Australia

US Marines set a 360 degree security for a simulated aircraft wreck site.

Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr./US Marine Corps

Cpl. Carlos Cruz Jr./US Marine Corps

US Marines prepare for a possible attack in the cover of darkness.

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

Lance Cpl. Osvaldo L. Ortega III/US Marine Corps

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