Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

An Aus­tralian Army com­bat engi­neer serv­ing with Men­tor­ing Task Force – Two (MTF-2), Sap­per Jamie Lar­combe, was killed in action dur­ing an engage­ment with insur­gents in the Mirabad Val­ley region of Uruz­gan Province overnight (Aus­tralia time).
An Afghan local nation­al employed as an inter­preter was also killed in the exchange of fire.

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Mar­shal Angus Hous­ton, said Sap­per Lar­combe was 21 years old and from the Dar­win-based 1st Com­bat Engi­neer Reg­i­ment.

“Sap­per Lar­combe had just passed the third anniver­sary of his enlist­ment into the Army, which was on the 18th of Feb­ru­ary. In that time, Jamie had served on Oper­a­tion Padang Assist and this was his first tour to Afghanistan,” Air Chief Mar­shal Hous­ton said.

Sap­per Lar­combe is sur­vived by his par­ents, three younger sis­ters and his part­ner. They are a very close fam­i­ly, and can be very proud of Jamie.”

Air Chief Mar­shal Hous­ton said the sol­diers were patrolling in area to the South East of Patrol Base Wali when they were engaged by an insur­gent group.

“Unfor­tu­nate­ly both our sol­dier and his inter­preter com­rade were struck by gun­shots in that engage­ment and despite imme­di­ate first aid were unable to be saved,” Air Chief Mar­shal Hous­ton said.

“A coali­tion heli­copter was launched to evac­u­ate the two men but on arrival at the Multi­na­tion­al Base – Tarin Kot med­ical facil­i­ty they were declared deceased.

“Our thoughts are with Sap­per Larcombe’s fam­i­ly and friends.

“This is also anoth­er trag­ic day for the ADF, for the Army, our per­son­nel in Afghanistan and espe­cial­ly, our sap­per com­mu­ni­ty.”

Defence is now focused on sup­port­ing Sap­per Larcombe’s fam­i­ly.

Defence will not release fur­ther per­son­al details at this time.

Twen­ty-three sol­diers have been killed in Afghanistan since the ADF com­menced Oper­a­tion SLIPPER.

Four Aus­tralian sol­diers have been wound­ed in Afghanistan this year, with 168 ADF per­son­nel wound­ed in action since 2002.

Media con­tact: Defence Media Oper­a­tions (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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