Turnbull expects USA military presence in Top End to increase under Trump

THE US military presence in the Territory is likely to be enhanced under President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed yesterday.

Around 1250 US marines and 13 aircraft will be deployed to the Top End in April.

It will be the third and most complex rotation of US troops.

“We have a strong ally in Washington and the US’s continuing strong presence in our region, which President Trump has committed to, is of vital importance for all of us,” he said.


“I expect, based on discussions I’ve had with the US President, the US presence in the region will remain strong and is more likely to be enhanced. We’ve seen General (James) Mattis, the new Defence Secretary, has been travelling through the region providing very strong reassurance to America’s friends and allies in the region."