Chef marching with pride in Paris

This article has photo gallery Published on ABML-C Steven Bruni (author and photographer)

Location(s): Paris, France

SMNML-C Perombllon, will be making the big trip to France this month where he will be able to use his native language to assisit his fellow Australian Defence Force members in translation. (photo: ABML-C Steven Bruni)
SMNML-C Perombllon, will be making the big trip to France this month where he will be able to use his native language to assisit his fellow Australian Defence Force members in translation.

This July, Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Marie Perombelon will be conducting his first representational duty for the Australian Defence Force. 

Seaman Perombelon will be marching in Paris, France, as part of an Australian contingent, in the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe, the French National Day Parade on 14 July, otherwise known as Bastille Day.
 
French speaker, Seaman Perombelon, said he was looking forward to being given the opportunity to use his native tongue in assisting his fellow Australian Defence Force members in translating while over in France. 

The Mauritius-born sailor who moved to Australia eight years ago, and now works at HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney, said he could not wait to represent the Royal Australian Navy in this year's parade. 

“As this is my first representational event since being in the Royal Australian Navy I feel a great sense of pride and gratitude for being selected to march,” Seaman Perombelon said. 

The Australian Defence Force will lead the French National Day parade, with a contingent of around 160 personnel.

In November last year the French Foreign Minister extended an invitation to Australian troops to be the ‘guest of honour’ at the parade. 

The parade ties in with Australian involvement in Centenary of Anzac commemorations in at Fromelles and Pozieres later in July.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Australian troops in France, with the 1st Australian Imperial Force joining the British and French troops in Fromelles during July 1916.