Donald Trump has continued with Obama's military strategy and deployed troops to work in Australia
The 1,250 US Marines will join Chinese and Australian troops in Canberra to engage in the annual military drills, lasting up to six months.
Obama’s administration launched the annual military drills in 2011, in a bid to secure relations with Beijing and Canberra – Washington biggest security partner.
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Although reports also claim the former US President initiated the drills to bolster America’s military presence near the disputed South China Sea.
Marine commander Lieutenant Colonel Brian Middleton said the troops were deployed in the “important” region near North Korea to bolster defence in the “fight”.
Colonel Middleton added: "I think that the commitment that [the US has] taken to put a task force here with a conversation to get larger over the years says that we do think this is an important region.”
It comes as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the rogue North Korean regime as a 'reckless' and 'dangerous' threat to the security of Australia.
He said: “The North Korean regime is a threat to the peace of the region.
“It is a threat to all of its neighbours in the region, and if it were able to develop a missile that could travel as far as the United States with a warhead, or as far as Australia, then it obviously could threaten Australia and, indeed, the United States.”
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Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Darwin proudly carries the name of a defence town and the arrival of the US marines is welcomed.
Mr Gunner added: “We welcome the arrival of American troops as part of our long-term partnership and friendship.
“They provide an important economic boost which comes at a time when many Territory businesses are doing it tough.”