United States Marines return to the Top End

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The Hon Richard Marles MP

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30 March 2024

United States Marines have arrived in the Northern Territory as part of the 13th rotation of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D).

The United States is Australia’s principal strategic partner and cooperation between our two countries is central to achieving stability and prosperity within our region.

During the eight-month rotation, United States Marines will conduct combined training exercises across a number of scenarios with Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.

Since its first rotation in 2012, MRF-D has grown in size and complexity. Nations including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have either taken part in or observed MRF-D training.

The 2024 MRF-D rotation will continue to enhance the capabilities, interoperability and readiness of the ADF and the United States Marine Corps, alongside our partners, and is a significant part of Australia’s force posture cooperation with the United States, a hallmark of our alliance.

For more than a decade, force posture cooperation has enhanced Australia’s capacity to deter coercion and maintain a secure and stable Indo-Pacific.

The United States Marines will remain in Australia until October 2024.

More information is available at https://www.defence.gov.au/Initiatives/USFPI/    

Quotes attributable to Commanding Officer Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 2024, Colonel Brian Mulvihill:

“The marines and sailors of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin are honoured and excited to continue the legacy of cooperation and interoperability with our Australian Defence Force brothers and sisters.”

“Our strong alliance contributes to stability in the region and makes all our forces more ready to respond to any crisis or contingency that arises.”

Quotes attributable to Commanding Officer Headquarters Northern Command, Captain Mitchell Livingstone:

“I’m pleased to welcome the 13th iteration of MRF-D to the Top End.”

“These rotations not only help build interoperability between the ADF and the US, but also serve to increase regional cooperation with partner nations in the Indo-Pacific.”

“Over the next eight months, the ADF and USMC will conduct a comprehensive range of training activities, including humanitarian assistance, security operations, and live-fire exercises, all of which better prepare our forces to respond effectively to contingencies that may arise.”


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Media can access imagery at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20240182 and Defense Visual Information Distribution Service: https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/MRF-D

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