US Marine Major Matt Bartels helps out at Warruwi elementary school on South Goulburn Island during Exercise Crocodile Strike.
US Marine Major Matt Bartels helps out at Warruwi elementary school on South Goulburn Island during Exercise Crocodile Strike. Lance Cpl. Damion Hatch

Mission trains troops and aids islanders

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.”



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