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Defence denies planning of Darwin deep-water port

The Department of Defence has denied reports that it has been “secretly planning” a new port facility near Darwin to support the deployment of US Marines in Australia for training.

A report from the ABC last week claimed that anonymous government officials revealed plans to develop the Glyde Point area into a deep-water port, which would be capable of accommodating large warships.

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These conditions would be “ideally suited for more than 2,000 Marines and their equipment” that complete regular rotations in the region.

However, a release from the Department of Defence poured cold water on the report and reads as follows:

“The Department of Defence has not engaged in any classified or unclassified planning with respect to developing, funding or supporting an alternative military, commercial or mixed-use port at Glyde Point or elsewhere in the vicinity of Darwin.

“This information was provided to journalists last week.

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“Any proposal for a facility at Glyde Point, or elsewhere in the Northern Territory, is a matter for the relevant Northern Territory authorities.”

In 2015, Darwin port was controversially leased to Chinese company Landbridgefor 99-years, which was followed by the Pentagon revealing they were looking to request to have a permanent naval base in Australia.

 

 

 

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