27 Aug '13, 9am

Australia exercise to test facilities for expanded @USMC presence:

Australia exercise to test facilities for expanded @USMC presence:

Related Why US Marines in Australia? Just don't mention China Dangers abound when training among the slithering, scaled and 8-legged 'OORAH' DOWN UNDER US increasing number of Marines on rotation to Australia YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — More than 1,000 Marines will train in Australia over the next two weeks, testing the waters for the six-month deployment of a battalion-size force there next year. The Marines, who have been building their presence in Australia’s Northern Territory since last year, sent 200 to 250 personnel Down Under this summer as part of Marine Rotational Force–Darwin (MRF-Darwin). The force is set to increase next year to 1,150 personnel, including a Marine battalion and helicopters. Plans call for 2,500-strong Marine Air Ground Task Forces to travel to Darwin on six-month rotations each year starting in 2016. Exercise Koolendong 2013, which started Tuesda...

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