US President Addresses ADF Personnel in Darwin

US President Addresses ADF Personnel in Darwin

The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, addressed troops at RAAF Base Darwin as part of his visit to Australia.

Hosted by the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, the President spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 1,800 people, consisting of Australian Defence Force personnel, U.S Marines and members of the local community.

The event at RAAF Base Darwin included performances from the Australian Army Band – Darwin, Jessica Mauboy and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

During his speech President Obama spoke about the expansion of the cooperation between the Australian and United States’ Armed Forces, which will include the establishment of a U.S. Marines training contingent in Darwin.

The visit to Darwin also included a trip to the memorial for the USS Peary.

Naval Today Staff, November 18, 2011; Image: navy