US-Aust military partnership holds firm

By JAMES RUSSELL

The Australian Defence Force remains committed to its overseas relationships amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with an annual exercise with the US taking centre stage this week.

Measures are now in place to ensure three-month Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) will start on time, as US troops continue to pour into Australia.

The Australian Government has granted special permission to exempt the program from current travel restrictions.

In place will be a four-day screening of each marine following the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The decision follows a suspension of the program in April.

More than 1200 marines and sailors, fewer than the 2500 marines from last year’s program, are expected to be involved.

This number is still a vast increase to the original 200-marine rotation from the program’s implementation in 2012.

The training exercise will finish in September.

Further information about the upcoming MRF-D transfer can be found here.

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