Marines arrive at a Royal Australian Air Force base in Darwin, Australia, for a rotation Down Under, April 12, 2019. JORDAN GILBERT/U.S. MARINE CORPS
Marines arrive at a Royal Australian Air Force base in Darwin, Australia, for a rotation Down Under, April 12, 2019. JORDAN GILBERT/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Thousands of US Marines won’t be deploying Down Under this spring after all

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

The Marine Corps is delaying the deployment of thousands of Marines to northern Australia for a six-month rotation starting in April due to travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus, U.S. officials said Monday.

The Marines had planned to push ahead with the mission, known as Marine Rotational Force-Darwin, by isolating troops in their barracks during their first 14 days Down Under.

However, Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued orders last week barring nearly all official movement overseas for Defense Department personnel.

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