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US Should Station a New First Fleet on Our Northern Coast

With China on the march and incoming US president Joe Biden pledging to work with allies to counter it, no American ally is potentially more important than Australia. Australia’s Top End is a strategic location fronting the Indian and Pacific oceans. That’s why Darwin has hosted a US marine rapid-reaction force for most of the past decade. Soon it could be getting a fleet base to match.

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