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September 20, 2022

MRF-D forces practise expeditionary concepts in South Pacific Island

The exercises honed MRF-D’s capability to forward deploy and develop expeditionary advanced bases.

Marines and sailors from the US Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) 22 have concluded force-on-force training called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations Exercise (EABOEX).

Conducted in South Pacific Island, EABOEX allowed participants to hone their expeditionary concepts in a realistic environment.

As part of EABOEX, the MRF-D team was led by India Company, 3rd Battalion and 7th Marine Regiment from Darwin to South Goulburn Island, Australia.

The forces then undertook several exercises to simulate seizing and capturing key terrain under expeditionary posture.

Other EABOEX participants included low altitude air defence (LAAD) platoon, 3/7 marines and sailors, an electronic warfare section, a water purification team and enablers to sustain and reinforce team.

Major lessons learned by the forces during EBAOEX include medical care, communications and sustainment.

MRF-D team developed a security posture on the Australian island to maintain an easily sustained force that can perform area denial.

It was followed by establishing aerial ambush sites using LAAD to counter simulated enemy aircraft. 

The effort is expected to prepare forces for future sea denial training, that will allow forward marines to identify, target and engage hostile surface combatants intending to encroach on home region.

Besides, EBAOEX allowed Marine Air-Ground Task Force to test long-range logistics and communications in minimally supported conditions.

MRF-D 22 commanding officer colonel Chris Steele said: “One of our primary goals with EABOEX is to open unique training opportunities for future MRF-D iterations and allow them to progress service-level initiatives.”

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