U.S. Marines in Darwin are using the vast open spaces to prepare for combat missions, practice disaster-response scenarios and work with Australian forces on sharing skills and improving cooperation between longtime allies.
Australian troops share with U.S. Marines are some of their dismounted skills that could be used in combat zones like Afghanistan.
Some Marines deployed to Australia’s Northern Territory might think they can make friends with the local wildlife. But it’s best if they don’t try.
Part of the six-month mission here for U.S. Marines involves spending time with disadvantaged aboriginal children in schools.
Hikers who “go walkabout” in Australia’s Northern Territory often find themselves tramping down the land rather than climbing hills and mountains.
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