Australia agrees on increase in US air deployments in Australia

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton poses for a group photo with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (not pictured) at the State Department in Washington, USA, September 16, 2021. Andrew Harnik / Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (Reuters) – Australia and the United States have reached new force arrangement agreements that will see greater air cooperation through the rotational deployment of all types of U.S. military aircraft in Australia, Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said Thursday.

Speaking at a joint press conference after meetings between the United States and Australian foreign and defense ministers in Washington, Dutton said the two sides “would significantly strengthen our cooperation on the matter. posture of strength, increase interoperability and deepen alliance activities in the Indo-Pacific. “

“This will include greater air cooperation through rotational deployments of all types of US military aircraft to Australia,” he said.

“We have also established combined logistics support and maintenance capability to support our enhanced activities, including logistics and support capability for our submarines and surface fighters in Australia.”

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the meeting endorsed “major force posture initiatives that will expand our access and presence in Australia.”

Dutton and Austin spoke a day after the United States and Britain announced they would provide Australia with the technology and the capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines.

China on Thursday denounced the new Indo-Pacific security alliance between the United States, Britain and Australia, saying such partnerships should not target third countries and warning against stepping up the race armaments in the region.

Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis, Humeyra Pamuk, Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis

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