15 May 2012

US Marines to exercise in CNMI

12:29 pm on 15 May 2012

200 US Marines will be in the Northern Mariana Islands this week for the largest military exercise the CNMI has seen in at least a decade.

Exercise Geiger Fury marks another milestone in the partnership between the CNMI and the U.S. Department of Defense, which leases two thirds of the island of Tinian.

Our correspondent in the CNMI, Mark Rabago, says it is a bonus for the Tinian businesses.

"There are already talks that they are looking at using the area again, especially in combination in Japanese troops. [The] community there is welcoming this with open arms because this is extra revenue for them, the use of the ports facility and probably some local businesses there will get some business from the troops."

Mark Rabago

The training on Tinian allows Marine Aircraft Group-12 out of Japan to improve aviation combat readiness.