21 May '12, 4pm

DoD: Rotational Deployments to Boost U.S. Asia-Pacific Presence

Rotational Deployments to Boost U.S. Asia-Pacific Presence By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, May 21, 2012 – Welcoming new Marine rotational deployments in Australia and Navy rotations planned for Singapore, the top U.S. Pacific Command officer said he’ll seek similar arrangements, possibly to include the Army, that expand U.S. presence in the region without the need for more permanently based forces. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear Jr. noted the arrival of about 200 U.S. Marines in Darwin, Australia, last month for the first six-month rotations serving alongside the Australian Defense Force. “It’s only a small group thus far, but over the next several years, we would like to grow that to about 2,500,” he said during an interview here with American Forces Press Service. Based at Australia’s Robertson Barracks outside Darwin, the Marines are bolstering U....

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116419

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