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. Marines with Ground Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, prepare for low-light, live-fire training conducted at the Battle Inoculation Range, Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 27, 2020. During the training, MRF-D’s GCE and LCE came together to shoot live rounds in low-light conditions and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere environments. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Harrison Rakhshani)
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MRF-D conduct low-light, live-fire range

U.S. Marines with Ground Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, prepare for low-light, live-fire training conducted at the Battle Inoculation Range, Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, July 27, 2020. During the training, MRF-D’s GCE and LCE came together to shoot live rounds in low-light conditions and demonstrated their ability to operate in austere [Read More …]

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. Marine Corps Cpl. Tyler Russell, a combat engineer with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force - Darwin, performs field environment training on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 14, 2020. Russell is a Lennon, Mich. native. The Marines trained in a variety of scenarios including casualty evacuations, security and reconnaissance patrols, as well as defensive tactics. 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 Cpl. Sarah Marshall)
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Digging in the Defense

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Tyler Russell, a combat engineer with Logistics Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, performs field environment training on Robertson Barracks, NT, Australia, July 14, 2020. Russell is a Lennon, Mich. native. The Marines trained in a variety of scenarios including casualty evacuations, security and reconnaissance patrols, as well as defensive tactics. MRF-D enables U.S. Marines [Read More …]

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 …]