Deal to Bring More US Assets to Australia

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii -- The U.S. military is expected to significantly increase the number of troops, ships and watercraft rotating through Australia as a result of the beefed-up Force Posture Agreement announced last week.   Although details about numbers and initiatives remain largely unspecified, defense analysts from both countries expect ... more

US Presence in Australia to Include Aircraft

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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. is preparing to add aircraft to its military presence in Australia, which will include 2,500 Marines rotating through the northern port of Darwin starting in 2016. This summer’s rotation has involved about 250 personnel, but that will increase to a 1,150-strong force next year, including an aviation support con... more

US Considers Salvaging Bombs From Barrier Reef

CANBERRA, Australia -- The U.S. Navy said on Monday it is considering salvaging four unarmed bombs dropped by U.S. fighter jets into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard during joint exercises with the A... more

Australia’s Biggest-Ever Warships Still on Track

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This article first appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology. Five years after contract signature, work on Australia's largest-ever warships, the landing helicopter dockships HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, is going better than for previous large defense programs, according to the Australian government and prime contractor BAE Systems. "The proj... more

Australia May Join US in Launching Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia is considering a U.S. request to launch airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in an unprecedented departure from Australian foreign policy that could spark political division at home. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday that his government had received a request from the Pentagon to send Australi... more

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