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Fresh troops for Darwin clean-up

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No. 461/75 ?./ yy

. Units of the Field Force Group from 1st Task Force, Sydney, today are being relieved by fresh troops from their enormous task of helping clean up Darwin after

Cyclone Tracy.

More than 650 soldiers, from A Squadron, 2nd · Cavalry Regiment, 1st Field Engineer Squadron, and 5/7 th

Royal Australian Regiment have been engaged in the massive clearing operations since early January. .

• They will be replaced over the next few days by 300 soldiers of the 6th Task Force from Brisbane, and

350 Reserve soldiers from NSW.

The Reserve soldiers will each spend two weeks in Darwin, and at the end of their duty will be replaced by regular soldiers from Brisbane.

The impressive record of labour carried out by the departing troops has been praised by all of Darwin.

A plaque bearing the city crest, presented to the group by Alderman Ted D 1Ambrosio, Deputy Mayor of Darwin, was among presentations made to them by officials and individuals as an appreciation of their efforts.

The troops have cleared over 3,000 houses of rubble and debris, in addition to 220 apartments, 26 schools, four shops, two warehouses, a hospital, and a recreation ground.


One of the major tasks of the group has been

to construct a Bailey Bridge across a 79-metre gap torn out

of a pier by a disabled trawler during the cyclone. It was one of the longest single-span bridges built by the Army.

The relieving force of soldiers will travel to Darwin in three airlifts starting today (6 March), and on 9 and 11 March. Each airlift will return with the equivalent number of soldiers being replaced from Darwin.


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