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Watch U.S. Marines, Aussies & French Armed Forces Wrap Up Koolendong 2016 With Live Fire Drills

October 07, 2016

In the heart of the outback of Australia in Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy sailors with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin conducted Koolendong, an annual infantry training exercise, with 4th Marine Regiment from Okinawa, Japan, 8th/12th Australian Artillery Regiment from Darwin, Australia and for the first time, the French Armed Forces New Caledonia.

Described as an opportunity to train as a Marine Air Ground Task Force in an austere expeditionary environment, Koolendong is a military exercise unlike others.

Throughout the two week exercise, U.S. Marines destroyed several enemy positions and as the culminating event, the unit executed movement to contact drills, live-fire exercise gas attack, and a battalion size defensive position, while working with the Air Command Element for close air support.

It’s a unique opportunity for U.S. troops to practice, and for their Australian and French counterparts to learn a trick or two.


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