US, Australian forces train in Darwin

US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Eric Dougherty, battalion commander, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, greets Maj. Gen. Peter Gilmore, Commander of Forces Command, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, and Brigadier Mick Ryan, commander, 1st Brigade, Australian Army, Aug. 26 during Exercise Crocodile Strike at the Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia. Marines with MRF-D participated in bilateral training with the Australian Defence Force for two weeks, including dry and live-fire exercises with air and ground combat elements. The six-month rotational deployment of U.S. Marines affords an unprecedented combined training opportunity with our Australian allies and improves interoperability between our forces. Picture: Cpl. Reba James/Released)

DARWIN – The presence of more than 1500 US marines in Darwin should be welcomed and is a “really positive engagement”, Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne says. Senator Payne made the comments after viewing a computer simulation exercise involving Australian and US forces in which bombs explode in Darwin’s Cullen Bay and the troops respond […]

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