Australian Defence Force Welcome 2017 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin

17-Apr-2017 3:00 PM



What
Commander of the 1st Brigade, Brigadier Ben James, AM, DSM, will welcome the 2017 rotation of the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin at RAAF Base Darwin.
 
When
7:00am, Tuesday 18 April 2017. Media are to meet at the Main Gate of RAAF Base Darwin no later than 6:30am Tuesday 18 April 2017 and are required to bring photographic identification.
 
Where
Main Gate, RAAF Base Darwin, Stuart Highway, Winnellie.
 
Who
Brigadier Ben James, AM, DSM, Commander of the 1st Brigade.
Captain Bryan Parker, RAN, Deputy Commander Northern Command.
Lieutenant Colonel Brian S. Middleton, Commanding Officer of the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.
 
Media
Media are to register their interest in attending by contacting the Regional Manager Public Affairs, Northern Territory, Ms Marnie Hobson on 0411 885 994 or marnie.hobson@defence.gov.au.

Media are required to wear enclosed footwear, and it is suggested that trousers be worn.

Media will be welcome to record the welcome messages and will be provided a question and answer opportunity. Media are advised that the filming will likely be conducted on the tarmac at RAAF Base Darwin, and that aircraft noise is likely.
 
Background
The Marine Rotational Force - Darwin (MRF-D) involves the rotation of US Marines through northern Australia during the six month dry season.
 
While in Australia, the Marines undertake a range of training activities including unilateral and bilateral training, multi-national exercises, Indo-Pacific regional outreach, and subject matter expert exchanges. They also participate in local outreach to engage with the community.
 
The 2017 rotation sees a significant increase in capability over previous years, with 13 aircraft, including four MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The rotation will include around 1,250 US Marines, from 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment from Camp Pendleton, California, and a range of equipment. The Marines will be accommodated within existing Defence facilities such as Robertson Barracks, RAAF Base Darwin and Defence Establishment Berrimah.
 
The Force Posture Agreement does not allow for permanent US military bases in Australia.

B-roll vision will be available from Defence Public Affairs personnel.

Images will be available on the Defence Image Library.
 
Media contacts
Defence Media 02 6127 1999, media@defence.gov.au
Marnie Hobson, Regional Manager Public Affairs 0411 885 994
LEUT Des Paroz, Military Officer, HQ Northern Command 0409 662 802
 

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