• Last year’s rotation also arrived under the shadow of Covid-19.
    Last year’s rotation also arrived under the shadow of Covid-19. Defence

The drumbeat of US Marine Corps rotations to the Territory continues with the upcoming arrival of the tenth Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D).

Each group to arrive will be between 200-500 personnel.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the rotation would build on the success of last year’s modified deployment.

“The ability for this year’s MRF-D to go ahead under challenging global circumstances, is a testament to the endurance and adaptability of the Australia-US Alliance,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The MRF-D and Australian Defence Force (ADF) will conduct a comprehensive range of training activities, including humanitarian assistance, security operations and high-end live-fire exercises.

“COVID-19 permitting, the ADF and MRF-D will also train with partner countries throughout the year, including exercise Talisman Sabre. These opportunities are a priority for the US Force Posture Initiatives, developing people-to-people links, interoperability and the sharing of expertise.”

A total of around 2,200 personnel will arrive in Darwin by June. To accommodate the US Marines this year, the MRF-D has leased a secure facility outside Darwin for the majority of personnel to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

However, the first two groups will quarantine in isolated accommodation on a Defence base.

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