U.S. Marine Corps tested at Australia’s top end


The US Marine Corps is currently conducting conservation and evacuation drills in Australia’s Northern Territory as the United States and Australia strengthen military cooperation amid heightened tensions in the Indo-Pacific.

The group was part of a unit of more than 2,000 Marines based in Darwin until October and was stationed on Bathurst Island, part of the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin, on an evacuation mission last week. I have been training to carry out.

according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Marines are participating in Exercise Darandara and training at a replica of the US Embassy.

Sergeant Robert Robinson, Master Gunnery, said Marines conducted non-combatant evacuation exercises about once a year.

“We are always asked to do that, and we don’t know when that will happen, so we have to be prepared when the time comes,” he told ABC.

Young Marines need to be vigilant for days during the scenario, as the angry mob threatens to break through the security fence and challenge.

“What we want to do is produce them and spend a few days poking them to see if they can sneak into their skin,” Robinson said.

Dealing with intruders, suspicious luggage thrown over fences, and suicide bombings is part of the challenges facing the Marines, and command teams every day to come up with new ways to test them. Meet

Lieutenant Tess Miller Said Inserting a player in a new role increases tension and provides a more realistic experience for Marines.

“We start with very small things, then stack up, and … like … it’s like the worst scenario,” she said.

“So how do you respond? We have to defeat their leadership or deprive them of communication, and then they have to deal with it.”

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The US Marine Corps of MRF-D (Marine Rotaional Force Darwin) participated in a city attack as part of the exercise “Talisman Saber 21” held in Townsville, Australia on July 27, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ian Hitchcock / Getty Images)

Exercise Darandara Ocean rotational force Darwin (MRF-D), launched in 2012, confirms the US Marine Corps and its equipment stationed in northern Australia during the dry season from May to October.

MRF-D works with the Australian Defense Force (ADF) and regional partners to participate in a variety of activities, exercises and training.

Team members also engage extensively with the community and volunteer in schools and Aboriginal communities to help clean up natural disasters.

Another major upcoming event is the Talisman Saber Exercise, a major bilateral military training activity in Australia and the United States, which takes place every other year and focuses on high-end combat.

John Coin of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Said Deploying Marines in Darwin was extremely important to the United States.

“It provides the US military with a forward operating base, from which it can launch a forward operating base. [Indo-Pacific] The area, “he said. “There is clear evidence that the US Government will invest more and ensure that supply chain defense logistics facilities exist in northern Australia and will be able to respond to a variety of contingencies.”

Coin continues, U.S. military presence in northern Australia provides a powerful deterrent, U.S. Anzas Alliance Bilateral relations between Australia and the United States.

Steve Milne


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