Australian general takes senior US Army Pacific role

Australian general takes senior US Army Pacific role

Australian general takes senior US Army Pacific role

Updated 22 August 2012, 15:09 AEST

A senior Australian general has been appointed as Deputy Commander of the United States Army Pacific.

Major General Richard Burr is to direct training and command efforts for more than 60,000 US soldiers in the Asia-Pacific region.

US secretary of Army John McHugh says the appointment extends cooperation between the militaries of Australia and the US.

US President Barack Obama announced late last year that America will increase the number of troops, aircraft and ships that will come to Australia's Northern Territory, as it seeks to boost the country's presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The build-up will see about to 2,500 marines training in the territory by 2016-17.

The US also plans to assign 60 per cent of the Navy’s fleet to the Pacific Ocean by 2020.