By Levi Parsons, Daily Mail
Thousands of American soldiers trained to use surface-to-air missile systems, High Mobility Artillery Rockets and unmanned aircraft are bound for Australia as tensions grow with China.
The rotational US Marine force of about 2200 servicemen and women will be based in the Northern Territory during the upcoming dry season from September.
It is the 11th deployment to the Top End and for the first time will include 250 US Army personnel, the Australian Defence Force announced.
The contingent is part of an ongoing US initiative in the Indo-Pacific region to prepare for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan in coming years.
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