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The Australian Defence Force purchased land in the Northern Territory’s Bradshaw Field Training Area from its Aboriginal owners in 1996 for use as a large, live-fire training range. To prove its effectiveness for a battalion-sized force, Marines and Sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marines of Marine Rotational Force - Darwin and soldiers of 5th Royal Australian Regiment trained as a force of nearly 1,000 troops conducting simultaneous live-fire ranges and assaults.

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Date Taken:09.04.2013

Date Posted:09.04.2013


Audio ID:34225




Hometown:ST. JOSEPH, IL, US

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