200 more Marines to hit Darwin

A BATCH of 200 US Marines is due to arrive in Darwin this week as part of annual military exercise Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.

Defence confirmed the second tranche of US Marines would undertake two weeks of quarantine at RAAF Base Darwin.

The four subsequent batches of US Marines will quarantine at former immigration detention centre Bladin Point, now known as Bladin Village. Defence confirmed only one US Marine in the first tranche of arrivals tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 2200 US Marines have been deployed to Darwin as part of MRF-D.