U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dominick Rollan and Cpl. Jose Reyes, both with Air Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, place the RQ-21A Blackjack on the launcher in preparation for its first flight in Australia at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Aug. 8, 2020. The RQ-21 provides the Marine Corps a rapidly deployable surveillance asset able to operate in austere forward environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
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Marine Corps RQ-21 flies for first time in Australia

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dominick Rollan and Cpl. Jose Reyes, both with Air Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, place the RQ-21A Blackjack on the launcher in preparation for its first flight in Australia at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Aug. 8, 2020. The RQ-21 provides the Marine Corps a rapidly deployable surveillance asset able to operate [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Combined Anti-Armor Team, Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, participate in a simulated fire mission utilizing heavy machine guns and artillery support from M777 Howitzers at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia, Aug. 7, 2020. The training provided Marines a unique opportunity to develop new techniques and procedures to integrate direct and indirect fire. The ability to rapidly deploy fire support and employ indirect fire weapons provide the Marine Corps an advantage as an expeditionary forward force deployed to austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lydia Gordon)
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Marines train for rapid combined arms assault

U.S. Marines with Combined Anti-Armor Team, Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, participate in a simulated fire mission utilizing heavy machine guns and artillery support from M777 Howitzers at Mount Bundey Training Area, NT, Australia, Aug. 7, 2020. The training provided Marines a unique opportunity to develop new techniques and procedures to integrate direct and indirect fire. The [Read More …]

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fire 7.62mm rounds at targets downrange during a low-light, live-fire machinegun range at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 28, 2020. During the training, the Marines employed the M240B machinegun and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
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MRF-D’s GCE lights up the night

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, fire 7.62mm rounds at targets downrange during a low-light, live-fire machinegun range at Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 28, 2020. During the training, the Marines employed the M240B machinegun and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)

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 conduct drone training at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 8, 2020. This training enables MRF-D to continue being a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force that is proficient and capable of responding to any crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)
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MRF-D Marines use drones to enhance patrol capability

U.S. Marines with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin conduct drone training at Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 8, 2020. This training enables MRF-D to continue being a lethal and competent expeditionary fighting force that is proficient and capable of responding to any crisis. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood)

U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, Marine Aircraft Group 24, flies from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2020. The flight was conducted to stage aircraft for the upcoming MAG-24 deployment in support of Marine Rotational Force, Darwin. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alex Kouns)
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MAG-24 Preps for MRF-D

U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, Marine Aircraft Group 24, flies from Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, March 13, 2020. The flight was conducted to stage aircraft for the upcoming MAG-24 deployment in support of Marine Rotational Force, Darwin. (U.S. Marine Corps photo [Read More …]