Mis­sion trains troops and aids is­lan­ders

The Observer - - NEWS NATION -

THE Aus­tralian De­fence Force and the US Ma­rine Ro­ta­tional Force in Dar­win have com­pleted train­ing as part of Exercise Crocodile Strike, us­ing it to as­sist the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity at re­mote South Goul­burn Is­land in the Ara­fura Sea off the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

The train­ing de­vel­oped ca­pa­bil­ity in hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief and let the ADF and the Marines give back to the com­mu­nity.

The War­ruwi in­dige­nous com­mu­nity on South Goul­burn Is­land pro­vided ac­cess for this part of the exercise to be car­ried out, and in re­turn the ADF and Marines re­paired and re­placed some fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture and pro­vided med­i­cal sup­port.

Cap­tain Bryan Parker RAN, Deputy Com­man­der of North­ern Com­mand, said: “We are very ap­pre­cia­tive of the War­ruwi in­dige­nous com­mu­nity for al­low­ing ac­cess to their is­land home to com­plete this com­po­nent. Ex­er­cises such as Crocodile Strike pre­pare the ADF and US Marines to re­spond to­gether to crises such as en­vi­ron­men­tal and hu­man­i­tar­ian dis­as­ters.”

PHOTO: LANCE CPL. DAMION HATCH/US MA­RINE CORPS

GOOD WORK: US Ma­rine Ma­jor Matt Bar­tels helps out at War­ruwi el­e­men­tary school on South Goul­burn Is­land dur­ing Exercise Crocodile Strike.

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