US and Australia prepare military build up in Indian Ocean
By Patrick O’Connor; 29 March 2012 – WSWS
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Obama administration and the Australian Labor government have advanced plans for a substantial military build up in the Indian Ocean. An increased US naval presence, including aircraft carriers and attack submarines, is being prepared for Western Australia’s Stirling naval base, and American manned surveillance aircraft and remote-operated drones will be stationed in the Cocos Islands.
These moves follow the announcement last November, during President Barack Obama’s visit to Australia, that 2,500 Marines will be stationed