Australia to expand war games with US, upgrade military campaigns

"Working with the United States, our allies and Indo-Pacific neighbours, we will continue to advance Australia's interests by investing in the Australian ­Defence Force," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said"

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Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that the country will spend A$747 million ($580 million) to upgrade four military bases in its north and expand war games with the United States.An airstrip in the Northern Territory will be lengthened to support larger aircraft, firing ranges overhauled and new training facilities set up for defence personnel and US marines.

“Working with the United States, our allies and Indo-Pacific neighbours, we will continue to advance Australia’s interests by investing in the Australian ­Defence Force,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said”Our focus is on pursuing peace, stability and a free and open Indo-Pacific, with a world order that favours freedom.”

The military upgrades will begin this year and be finished by 2026.Australia and the United States hold biennial war games, the next of which is scheduled to begin in August.Typically, more than 30,000 troops participate in the exercises off Australia’s east coast.One of Australia’s most senior security officials earlier this week said liberal democracies must brace for war.

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