US Marines to train with Australian, Chinese forces

Friday, July 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Jon Harper
Stars and Stripes
July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Marines will participate in survival training with Chinese and Australian soldiers this fall, according to officials.

Exercise Kowari is slated to take place in Australia’s Northern Territory in October, and will last about two weeks.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren described it as “small scale” exercise involving fewer than 100 troops from all three countries.

Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Pool said the exact number of Marines to take part has yet to be determined, but they will come from a rotational force already in the Northern Territory.

Warren said the size of the Marine training contingent would likely be one or two squads.

“The goal of the exercise is to learn how to survive and thrive in austere conditions,” Warren said.

Pool noted that the Australian Outback offers “limited water, no shelter, cold nights [and] hot days” for troops.

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