Defense Department cancels US Marines annual training deployment to northern territory Australia amid COVID19 concerns

The US Marines are expected to complete the rotation of training in Australia.

In a statement released by the Department of Defense said that it has cancelled this year’s annual deployment of a US Marine Corps rotational training force to northern Australia because of restrictions designed to slow the spread of the Covid-19 in Australia learned GDC citing Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

Australia and the United States will discuss options for a possible later deployment, which will be subject to conditions improving and the deployment’s viability, said the minister.

“Any decision in relation to the 2020 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) in no way affects Australia’s commitment to host next year’s, or subsequent, MRF-D rotations,” she stated.

There Are Now 2,500 US Marines in Australia After Years of Buildup. The U.S. military’s pivot to the Pacific to counter China’s rising dominance reached an important milestone this week when the number of Marines deployed to Australia reached 2,500.

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