About 1250 US Marines and sailors have begun arriving in Darwin this week as part of a new rotation involving US engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Marines are arriving in Australia’s North as part of a six-month deployment where they will complete up to ten major exercises and engage with a range of countries including China, Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand.
The 2017 Marine Rotational Force-Darwin is an extension of Australia’s existing defence relationship with the US to enhance our military operations and contribute to our security and engagement with other countries.
Their exercises support real-life operations from counter-terrorism to humanitarian and disaster relief missions, with training activities including bilateral and multilateral training with the Australian Defence Force and some unilateral training at Defence facilities around Australia.
Thirteen aircrafts will be deployed as part of the rotation, including four MV-22 Ospreys.
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