DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS HEARS CASE FOR RANHFV AWARD

  DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS HEARS CASE FOR RANHFV AWARD

The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal (DHAT) conducted hearings in Nowra 12/13th October to gather evidence  from former RANHFV members in support of the grant of a unit citation to the RANHFV for its 4-year service in Vietnam 1967-71. 
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The four OICs had made a submission to the Chief of Navy for such an award in 2014, which he forwarded to the DHAT.  It has only now come up for consideration and a recommendation to the Minister.
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Former RANHFV members were given the opportunity to provide written submissions to the Tribunal in May-June this year and there was a very good response. Amongst them were submissions from two former US Army officers – Col Dunaway and Col T Staadt – both of whom had been in the 135th during the time of HFV 3 & 4. Col Dunaway was the Company Commanding Officer.  Each expressed strong support for the application.   The Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia also made a submission, and our President (Rear Admiral Mark Campbell) was asked to provide evidence at the hearing. 
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The Tribunal subsequently requested 8 of those who had made submissions to appear at the Hearing.
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Those who attended assessed that the Hearings went well and expressed confidence in a successful outcome, but we will likely not know the result until February next year.  The result will of course be published both on this website and in our monthly newsletter “FlyBy”.
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Neil Ralph,  RADM RAN Ret’d
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