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New wave of US Marines touch down in Darwin

The first 2021 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin rotation, disembark their charter aircraft at RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory. (Photo Credit: POIS Peter Thompson)

US Marines have continued to arrive in Darwin as part of the 2021 Marine Rotational Force.

US Marines have continued to arrive in Darwin as part of the 2021 Marine Rotational Force.

A new tranche of 300 US Marines from the 10th Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) touched down in the Top End yesterday (15 April), joining a total of approximately 1,400 personnel, which have arrived over the past few months.


The Marines are expected to train alongside the ADF and other regional allies throughout the year, with activities including Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Upon arrival, the Marines are required to commence a 14-day quarantine as precaution against COVID-19.

Defence has revealed that one solider from a previous group has returned a positive result during initial screening.

The Marine was transferred to the NT Centre for National Resilience to undergo confirmatory testing, and will continue to be monitored at the centre while completing the quarantine.

According to Defence, the Marine had no direct contact with the general community, however, close contacts have been sent to isolation as a precaution in accordance with the COVID-19 management plan.


The MRF-D is expected to total 2,200 troops once all groups have arrived in Darwin.

[Related: New Marine Rotational Force to arrive in Top End]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

New wave of US Marines touch down in Darwin
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