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Mar 27, 2012 | 03:50 GMT

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U.S., Australia: Deeper Military Ties Planned

The United States and Australia are planning a major expansion of military ties, including possible unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights from a coral atoll in the Indian Ocean and enhanced U.S. naval access to Australian ports, The Washington Post reported March 26. The moves are under discussion but have drawn strong interest from both sides. U.S. officials are considering an atoll near the Cocos Islands, an Australian territory, which U.S. and Australian officials said could be used for manned U.S. surveillance aircraft as well as Global Hawks, a high-altitude surveillance UAV. Pentagon officials said they are interested in the potential offered by Perth and the Cocos Islands and in another Australian proposal to build a new fleet base at Brisbane.

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