New US Forces rotate into Australia under defence agreement

THE rotation of 1150 United States Marines will start arriving in northern Australia this week with equipment, vehicles and helicopters as part of a military agreement between the two countries.

The Marines will undertake a variety of training activities at existing defence facilities in the course of their rotation.

The deployment follows rotations of Marines in 2012 and 2013.

The deployments were announced during US President Barack Obama's visit in November, 2011, and provides tangible benefits for Australia by increasing the number, variety and complexity of training opportunities available to the Australian Defence Force.

A spokesman said it further develops Australian Defence Force interoperability and provides opportunities for engagement with regional partners including in response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.