U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Derick Durham, a field radio operator with Command Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, sets up communications to a B-1B Lancer pilot at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 14, 2020. Durham is a Traveler's Rest, S.C. native. The combined training allowed both Marines and Australian Defence Force members to learn how to communicate effectively to be ready to work together to contribute to regional security. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Marshall)
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Marines, Australian Army work to direct B-1B, B-2 bombers

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Derick Durham, a field radio operator with Command Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, sets up communications to a B-1B Lancer pilot at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 14, 2020. Durham is a Traveler’s Rest, S.C. native. The combined training allowed both Marines and Australian Defence Force members to learn how to communicate [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Dominick Rollan and Brayden Broens with Air Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, launch the RQ-21A Blackjack during training in Nackeroo Airfield, Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 14, 2020. Rollan is a native of Chula Vista, Calif. Broens is a native of Kokomo, Ind. During the training, MRF-D’s ACE deployed the RQ-21A to provide target acquisition for a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer dropping inert ordnance in BFTA. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
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Marines deploy RQ-21A in support of Air Force bomber training

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Dominick Rollan and Brayden Broens with Air Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, launch the RQ-21A Blackjack during training in Nackeroo Airfield, Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 14, 2020. Rollan is a native of Chula Vista, Calif. Broens is a native of Kokomo, Ind. During the training, MRF-D’s ACE deployed the [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Air Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, return the RQ-21A Blackjack to the maintenance tent at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 13, 2020. The training honed their skills operating the UAS in contested environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
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Marines fly RQ-21 at night

U.S. Marines with Air Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, return the RQ-21A Blackjack to the maintenance tent at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 13, 2020. The training honed their skills operating the UAS in contested environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)

U.S. Marine Cpl. Erik Clingan, a cannoneer with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, checks the sights on an M777 Howitzer during force-on-force training at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 22, 2020. Clingan is a native of Riverside, Calif. During the training, various components of MRF-D’s GCE competed for dominance in conflict scenarios to exercise the unit's ability to respond to and defeat regional threats. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
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Artillery Marines rehearse fire missions

U.S. Marine Cpl. Erik Clingan, a cannoneer with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, checks the sights on an M777 Howitzer during force-on-force training at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 22, 2020. Clingan is a native of Riverside, Calif. During the training, various components of MRF-D’s GCE competed for dominance in conflict scenarios to exercise [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, conduct live-fire squad attack training at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, NT, Australia, July 21, 2020. The training was a part of a weeklong field exercise to enhance combat assault skills to become a more lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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Set, Moving, Move – U.S. Marines conduct live fire squad attack drills

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, conduct live-fire squad attack training at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, NT, Australia, July 21, 2020. The training was a part of a weeklong field exercise to enhance combat assault skills to become a more lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin conduct a patrol and ambush exercises at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 14, 2020. Small arms defensive training teaches Marines physical positioning and movement during a potential ambush as well as patrolling techniques to comprise a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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MRF-D Marines conduct small arms defensive training

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin conduct a patrol and ambush exercises at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 14, 2020. Small arms defensive training teaches Marines physical positioning and movement during a potential ambush as well as patrolling techniques to comprise a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. [Read More …]

U.S. Marine Cpl. Alexandre Silvafilho with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin sets up a small unmanned aerial surveillance drone at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 13, 2020. During the patrol, Marines practiced fire and maneuver, terrain familiarization, tactical combat casualty care, and radio communication skills. This training helps keep MRF-D postured to respond to regional crises, from humanitarian aid to offensive operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lydia Gordon)
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Marines utilize drones while conducting patrols

U.S. Marine Cpl. Alexandre Silvafilho with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin sets up a small unmanned aerial surveillance drone at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 13, 2020. During the patrol, Marines practiced fire and maneuver, terrain familiarization, tactical combat casualty care, and radio communication skills. This training helps keep MRF-D postured to respond to regional crises, from [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin repel on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 13, 2020. The Marines and their Australian Defense Force instructor, practiced three repelling maneuvers, as well as improved their confidence in themselves, their peers, and the gear they work with. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Marshall)
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Australian soldier shares rappel skills with Marine

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin repel on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 13, 2020. The Marines and their Australian Defense Force instructor, practiced three repelling maneuvers, as well as improved their confidence in themselves, their peers, and the gear they work with. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Marshall)

U.S. Marines with the Motor Transport Platoon, Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, complete final preparation before going out to the field on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 6, 2020. Marines will be participating in squad and platoon level training focused on vehicle recovery, night operations and work with small unmanned areal vehicles. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines and the ADF to enhance regional security, strengthen alliances and partnerships, and increase the ability to rapidly respond to crises throughout the region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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Marines gear up for first field exercise in Australia

U.S. Marines with the Motor Transport Platoon, Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, complete final preparation before going out to the field on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 6, 2020. Marines will be participating in squad and platoon level training focused on vehicle recovery, night operations and work with small unmanned areal vehicles. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines and [Read More …]