The 2014 rotation of approximately 1150 United States Marines will arrive in northern Australia in coming days with equipment, vehicles and helicopters.
The Marines will undertake a variety of training activities at existing Defence facilities in the course of their rotation.
A continuing priority for the Marines will be to further develop a close and enduring relationship with the local Darwin community which provides mutual benefit.
The deployment follows rotations of Marines in 2012 and 2013. The deployments were agreed during President Obama’s visit in November 2011.
The annual deployment provides tangible benefits for Australia by increasing the number, variety and complexity of training opportunities available to the Australian Defence Force.
It further develops Australian Defence Force interoperability and provides opportunities for engagement with regional partners including in response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999