U.S. Marines were greeted by a high energy dance in Australia. The indigenous Larrakia people welcomed 1,250 marines with dance and music played on traditional Australian instruments. The Marines stood relatively immobile while they observed the ceremony.
“I think that the United States Marine would be hard pressed to find a better and warmer reception than we have received here since our arrival. So thank you very much,” said Lt. Col. Brian Middleton, Marine commander.
The Marines arrived for joint exercises with the Australian military as part of a 25-year program started by Barack Obama in 2011. Obama’s goal was to expand the U.S. military presence in Asia.
According to Marine Corps Times, the U.S. presence in Asia and Australia is related to the nuclear threat from North Korea.
Australia has been a longtime ally of the United States. Australia sent troops to Iraq, Afghanistan, and even Vietnam and North Korea.
Along with the Marines, 13 military aircraft were sent.