First 200 US Marines land at Aussie training hub

In this photo released by Australian Department of Defence, Regimental Sergeant Major Dale DeKock of 5th Battalion (Mechanised) Royal Australian Regiment is on parade before the United States Marine Corps personnel during the Australian Minister for Defence's official welcome ceremony at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Australia, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Approximately 200 Marines of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, arrived at RAAF Base Darwin to begin the lead up to moving out field and commencing exercises in some of the Australian Defence Force's premier training areas in Northern Australia. (AP Photo/CPL Chris Dickson) NO SALES, EDITORIAL USE ONLYThe first detachment of 200 U.S. Marines has arrived in northern Australia, where a permanent joint training hub is taking shape as part of a U.S. shift of military strength in the Asia-Pacific region.

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