Outback survival drill brings US, Australia, China together
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published: September 01, 2016
Thirty participants from three countries must work together to attain food, water and shelter in one of the least hospitable environments on Earth.
It isn’t a new reality television show. It’s Kowari 16, a trilateral survival exchange in which U.S. soldiers and Marines work with troops from Australia and China to survive in Australia’s rugged Northern Territory.
Kowari, now in its third year, mixes participants into teams. This is the first land-based exercise involving all three nations.
“I’ve worked with the Australians but not with the Chinese,” said Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Painter, of Marine Rotational Force-Darwin. “I’m definitely going to enjoy working with these guys.”