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November 24, 2011
DEEPER US-Australia military co-
operation under new force posture
initiatives between the two coun-
tries will mean increased rotations
of US aircraft throughout northern
The initiatives were announced
during US President Barack
Obama's two-day visit to Australia
on November 16 and 17.
They will enhance bilateral col-
laboration and offer greater oppor-
tunities for combined training and
Select equipment and supplies
in support of these initiatives will be
prepositioned in Top End locations
to facilitate exercises and training.
Under the new US force pos-
ture arrangements, up to 2500 US
marines and personnel will rotate
through Australian bases within the
next five years.
The US troops will be in
Australia for up to six months at
a time and will conduct joint and
US troop presence will begin
as early as July with an expected
250-strong liaison element of
marines expected at 1 Bde's
Robertson Barracks, just south of
The new arrangements were
announced during Mr Obama's
visit, which coincided with the
60th anniversary of the ANZUS
In a joint statement, Mr Obama
and Prime Minister Julia Gillard
said the initiatives strengthened
an already robust partnership that
had been an anchor of stability and
peace in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr Obama said the region was
of "huge strategic importance" to
A RELAXED US President
Barack Obama wooed a "true
blue" audience of about 1800
during his lightning stopover in
Darwin on November 17.
Mr Obama addressed the
audience of ADF personnel, US
marines and members of the
local community at RAAF Base
He spoke about a diverse
range of issues from the new US
Force Posture Review and the
60th anniversary of the ANZUS
But the President also joked
about "learning to speak Strine"
and led a chorus of "Aussie,
Aussie, Aussie" to get proceed-
ings under way.
Mr Obama spoke about the
close bond between Australia
and the US, which was formally
acknowledged in 1951 with the
signing of the ANZUS Treaty.
He highlighted the close
working relationship of US
and Australian forces from
"Australia's Pearl Harbour" at
Darwin in WWII to present oper-
ations in Afghanistan.
"You work together so well,
it's often said you can't tell
where our guys end and you
guys begin," Mr Obama said.
"Today, I want to say thank
you. Thank you for a job well
done. Thank you for your
incredible sacrifices. Thank you
for your families' sacrifices. And
He highlighted that Darwin
and Northern Australia would be
the site of the "next proud chap-
ter" in the alliance.
"So we're deepening our
alliance -- and this is the perfect
place to do it."
A concert was held by the
Australian Army Band-Darwin,
with performances by Jessica
Mauboy and Geoffrey Gurrumul
AIR Force capability has taken
a major leap forward with the
arrival of another KC-30A Multi
Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)
It is the third converted A330
airbus to be accepted from
Qantas Defence Services at
The final two aircraft are in the
process of conversion.
In announcing the new arrival,
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said the aircraft would join
the other two being operated by
33SQN at RAAF Base Amberley.
"This is the most advanced
tanker aircraft in the world and it's
an important piece of equipment
for our Air Force," Mr Clare said.
"It's a flying petrol station,
which will allow our Classic
and Super Hornets, C-17A and
Wedgetail aircraft to be refuelled
in the air. [The MRTT] can carry
more than 100 tonnes of fuel, and
it can also be refuelled by another
tanker in mid-flight.
"This means these aircraft
can fly further without having to
return to base, making them more
More on the new tanker in the
December 8 edition.
President leads 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie' chant
Third tanker arrives
mat for US
in Top End
BIG AUDIENCE: US President Barack Obama addresses troops at RAAF Base Darwin as Prime Minister Julia
Gillard looks on; inset, LACW Carlie Power and PTE Mele Williamson stand by to provide first-aid cover for the
audience at RAAF Base Darwin.
Photos: AB James Whittle and CPL Melina Mancuso
the US and the deepening of the
ANZUS alliance sent a clear mes-
sage of that US commitment.
"These rotations, which are
going to be taking place on
Australian bases, will bring our
militaries even closer together," Mr
A joint US-Australia work-
ing group has been planning the
new arrangements for 12 months,
beginning at the AUSMIN 2010
talks in Melbourne.
The working group looked
at the north and northwest of
Australia and western seaboard
for the potential to enhance and
expand US visits, training and
exercises conducted by both coun-
The Northern Territory's
accessibility provides opportuni-
ties to explore increased coopera-
tion with our neighbours and pre-
pare for regional contingencies.
"These initiatives will better
position both nations to join with
other partners to respond in a timely
and effective manner to a range of
contingencies in the Asia-Pacific,
including humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief," Mr Obama and
Ms Gillard said in their joint state-
Importantly, a closer train-
ing partnership with US marines
is expected to greatly benefit the
Australian Army and Navy as
the ADF develops its expertise in
amphibious operations in the coming
Ms Gillard welcomed the new
arrangements and said closer
ties would ultimately benefit the
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