The Marine Corps is using its smaller-than-normal Australia rotation to test how it might dispatch tiny teams armed with unmanned tools to collect intel during future operations.
A Marine RQ-21A Blackjack surveillance drone made its first flight Down Under this month. The Marines are deployed to Australia's Northern Territory as part of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin.
It marked the first time the Hawaii-based Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 has deployed with the new Blackjack drone.
Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger's planning guidance, released to the force last summer, said the Corps will use unmanned systems to ‘reduce exposure of our most expensive platforms and reduce exposure of Marines wherever possible.’
A colloquialism which is variously construed to refer to Australia and New Zealand.
Send off to a destination or for a purpose.
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