The US and its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific are expanding their cooperation across the defense enterprise – from teaming agreements for the production of materiel to the sharing of intelligence and other operational underpinnings. Of specific interest to MS&T has been the quickening pace of joint and combined training – from exercises to mission rehearsals – across the region. 

The needle on the partners’ training readiness capabilities inched forward a bit this May 11 with the arrival of 10 US Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin. The Ospreys, representing Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (Reinforced) (VMM-268 (Rein.)) arrived as the Aviation Combat Element of Marine Rotational Force – Darwin 24.3 Marine Air-Ground Task Force, finalizing the formation of the 13th rotation of MRF-D. 

The now full-strength MAGTF will train with their Australian allies and other partners in the region through the upcoming months.   

MS&T will continue to report and comment on the training programs and activities of MRF-D 24.3 and other military forces in Indo-Pacific theatre.   

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