The second rotation of 200 US Marines departed Darwin for Hawaii after
a six month deployment to Australia’s Northern Territory.
During this time, the Hawaii-based Marines conducted bilateral
training with the ADF and their own Marine-specific training.
Commander 1st Brigade Brigadier John Frewen said Australia and the US valued the opportunity to
learn from each other.
“The second iteration of the US
Marine Rotational Force – Darwin has been highly successful in fostering
cooperation and inter-operability between our two militaries,” he said.
“Building on the achievements of the first rotation, this rotation
of US Marines worked more closely with troops from 5 RAR, pushed their training
further afield – including into the Bradshaw
Field Training Area for the first time – and developed close ties to the
“Whether in training, in the messes or on the sports fields, the
Marine Rotational Force – Darwin have enhanced their reputation in Australia
and we look forward to their return in larger numbers next year.”
The ADF and the Marines worked together in a number of small-scale
exercises and also last month’s Exercise
Koolendong at Bradshaw, south-west of Darwin.
This provided an opportunity for about 800 US and Australian
personnel to conduct a live-fire exercise in a remote and austere training
The Marines also participated in exercises in NZ and Tonga, and
participated in an Australia-Indonesia humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief tabletop exercise held in Darwin.
The US Marine Corps six-month rotations through northern Australia
will increase to around 1150 personnel from 2014.
The majority of the Marines will be accommodated at Robertson Barracks, with a
smaller aviation support contingent of around 130 personnel at RAAF Darwin,
along with four heavy lift helicopters.