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Most, if not all, former members of 4 RAR (in all its roles since the battalions foundation in 1964) have been saddened to some degree by the deactivation of the battalion that took place at Holsworthy Barracks, NSW on 19 July, 2009, and the handing over of the battalions colours, to be replaced by those of the immediately raised 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt).
To quote the 'official' statements of the Dept of Defence, and the press statements issued to commercial news outlets, the following are offered.
Official press releases and reports from other sources.
Australian Government, Department of Defence
Media release 19 June 2009
New name for Sydney Commandos
Armyís 4th Battalion (Commando), The Royal Australian Regiment (4 RAR [Cdo]), has been officially renamed as the 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) at a ceremony at Tobruk Lines, Holsworthy, today.
The ceremony, reviewed by Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, saw the march-off of the 4 RAR colours and the unfurling of the new 2 Cdo Regt flag.
4 RAR (Cdo) began commando transition in 1996 when the Government directed Army to establish a second commando regiment with the ability to conduct special recovery and strike operations.
Lieutenant General Gillespie said the name 2 Cdo Regt more accurately reflected the roles and capabilities of the commandos and their command structure, which are distinct from the Armyís conventional infantry battalions.
It also reflects the unitís historical links to the Australian Independent Commando Companies that operated in the Southwest Pacific in the Second World War.
During the ceremony, 4 RARís colours were handed over to a School of Infantry Colour Party to be held in perpetuity.
Lieutenant Colonel Gillespie said 4 RAR (Cdo) will remain on Armyís Order of Battle, with its history, colours and traditions preserved for future service as and when required by the nation.
2 Cdo Regt joins the Special Air Service Regiment, Incident Response Regiment, 1st Commando Regiment, the Special Forces Training Centre and the Special Operations Logistics Squadron as part of Armyís Special Operations Command.
Commandos get a regiment of their own
Extract from the Sydney Morning Herald June 19, 2009
Australian Army commandos have been renamed in a ceremony in Sydney on Friday.
Previously the 4th Battalion (Commando) of the Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR), the commandos were renamed the 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) at a ceremony at the Holsworthy barracks in Sydney's south.
The ceremony saw the marching off of the old 4 RAR colours and the unfurling of the new 2 Cdo Regt flag overseen by the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie.
"I am very pleased that 4 RAR (Commando) is now nearing maturity as a special operations unit." Lieutenant General Gillespie said.
"The name change celebrated today recognises this achievement as well as the skills and qualifications of its members."
2 Cdo Regt now joins the likes of the SAS and the 1st Commando Regiment as part of the Army's special operations command.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.
The 2nd Commando Regiment (2 Cdo Regt) is an Australian Army unit, and is one of three combat-capable units within the Australian Special Operations Command.
The regiment was established on 19 June 2009 when it was renamed from the 4th Battalion (Commando), Royal Australian Regiment (4 RAR (Cdo)).
The 2nd Commando Regiment requires members to undergo a one month selection and training course prior to gaining entry. They then have eight months of commando training before being posted to the unit. Commando training consists of several specialist schools including advanced CQB/Urban and commando amphibious operations courses, climbing, special forces weapons, special forces parachute course and other specialist courses. After 12 months in 2 Cdo Regt, a commando will complete several more specialist courses, and possibly further training in counter terrorism to become part of Tactical Assault Group.
4 RAR, in all its roles and traditions, provided the foundation members of 2nd Commando Regiment. This fact should never be forgotten.
The renaming of 4 RAR (Commando) to
2nd Commando Regiment - 19 July 2009
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