Marine Rotational Force 2021 – Darwin – Positive Results for COVID-19
Department of Defense
On May 14, two US Marines who arrived in Australia as part of Maritime Rotational Force 2021 – Darwin (MRF-D) on May 9 returned positive results for COVID-19 during initial screening at the start of their period. Mandatory 14-day quarantine. .
The Marines have been transferred to the NT Center for National Resilience where they will continue to be monitored and complete their quarantine.
Due to the strict procedures in place before the arrival of this year’s MRF-D rotation, the Marines had no direct contact with the community at large.
All US Marines are subject to strict screening and quarantine requirements prior to departure and upon arrival in Australia. These include:
- presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before departure for Australia.
- Mandatory 14-day quarantine in the secure facilities of the village of Bladin.
- COVID-19 test on arrival and before leaving their mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
- Daily health checks that include screening for COVID-19 symptoms and mental health checks.
So far, approximately 1,800 US Marines have arrived in Australia as part of this year’s MRF-D rotation.
Defense is working closely with the Government of the Northern Territory on this issue following extensive planning that has taken place to enable a safe rotation of MRF-D in 2021. Defense and NT Health have agreed to strict measures to manage arrival, quarantine and possible or positive cases of COVID-19 from MRF-D. MRF-D 2021 will continue to adhere to all current restrictions in the Northern Territory to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. This year’s rotation includes a full range of training activities, including humanitarian assistance, security operations and high-end live-fire exercises.
Link to the NT health declaration – https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/updates/items/2021-05-15-positive-covid-19-case-update