Australia and the United States are better position to respond to a regional crisis after the completion of Exercise Crocodile Response in the Northern Territory.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the United States’ Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) completed the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) activity at military bases across Darwin and the Mount Bundey Training Area. Exercise scenarios tested how Australia and the United States cooperated in responding to humanitarian crises.

The Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds, said the exercise enhanced coordination between Australia and the United States in responding to natural disasters in the region.

“The presence of the MRF-D in Northern Australia better positions both Australia and the United States to respond to crises in the region, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Australian and United States Forces were able to exercise how they operate within a broader multi-national and whole-of-government response to a disaster in the region.”

The exercise was conducted in partnership with other government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Australian Medical Assistance Team.

Indonesian military and government officials also observed the exercise and shared their significant HADR experiences.