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NEWS | Oct. 6, 2015

Commanding general, 3rd Marine Division and commander, 1st Brigade, Australian Army recognize Marine Rotational Force - Darwin

By 1st Lt. George McArthur Marine Rotational Force – Darwin

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin were recognized for completing this year’s deployment with accolades from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Simcock, commanding general of 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Australian Brig. Mick Ryan, commander of 1st Brigade, Australian Army, before a farewell parade that Marines and Australian soldiers participated in Oct. 5 on Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am to see the Marines of 1st Battalion, 4th Marines standing here executing this rotational deployment… your presence here in the region has a huge impact throughout the Asia-Pacific,” said Simcock. “The things that you Marines have done over the past six months clearly say that American interests are very important, and our commitment by your presence and the things that we do in training with our host allies here are very, very important.”

Under the command of Lt. Col. Eric Dougherty, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, MRF-D successfully finished the second battalion-sized annual rotation of U.S. Marines in Australia during the Northern Territory dry season from April to October 2015. The Marines worked alongside their Australian allies from 1 BDE throughout field exercises and training events to foster camaraderie and increase their tactical and operational effectiveness together.

“Nearly six months ago we formally welcomed the latest rotation of United States Marines, and much has happened since then,” according to Ryan. “We deployed and trained together, we have undertaken professional development together and cross-pollinated platoons and companies to build closer relationships. We have worked together in the local community, and have shown that the combination of Australian soldiers and U.S. Marines can make one of the most powerful and fearsome fighting forces imaginable.”

The Marines and soldiers stood in formations facing each other during the remarks, then the Australians fell out to form two lines between which the Marine battalion conducted a pass in review to salute the allied general officers.

“I want to thank Brigadier Ryan and all that he has done as our host,” said Simcock. The things that we are doing together are going to pay huge dividends not only for the Australian military but also for the U.S. Marines and military.”

The rotational deployment of U.S. Marines in Darwin affords an unprecedented combined training opportunity with our Australian allies and improves interoperability between our forces.

“To our partners, our mates, of this rotation of the United States Marine Corps Rotational Force - Darwin: thank you,” finished Ryan. “Thank you for your professionalism, you’re sharing bonds, your embrace of our great Top End community. We wish you a safe return to your homeland and to your families… good soldiering and Semper Fidelis!”
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