RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam Awarded Unit Citation for Gallantry

Forty-six years after it was disbanded, the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam has been awarded a Unit Citation for Gallantry (UCG). 
The actual Citation, which is a rhodium-plated rectangular frame surrounding a ribbon of deep green, is a warrant presented to selected ADF Units for acts of extraordinary gallantry in action. The Citation consists of a certificate to the unit, signed by the […]


Anybody in the Navy who has more than a few grey hairs on their head will, in all probability, have been exposed to Asbestos.   Ships of the day were riddled with it, mostly in the lagging around pipes snaking along the passageways and though messdecks.    You’ll probably remember painting them, which in some cases was all that held […]


There will be a National Ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice on 27 July 2018 in ANZAC Pde CANBERRA around 1100 (details all TBC). The Korean Embassy has put on a lunch after similar events regarding Korean War commemorations in the past. They are considering doing the same again, but want to understand how many people […]


By Ed:   The following update was received from the Defence Force Welfare Association, to which we are linked as we are a member of the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSOs). It is attached for information.  Further background can be found by clicking on the links below (especially the Presentation). 
On 5 February 2018, […]

Australian Naval Institute Oration and Annual Dinner

The ANI is holding the 2018 Vernon Parker Oration and Annual Dinner on Thursday 10 May at the Hotel Realm in Canberra.

The Oration will be delivered by the Honourable John Berry, President of the New York-based American Australian Association. Prior to this appointment he was the US Ambassador to Australia, and as such has a deep knowledge of the […]

Australian Naval History Podcasts Released

The Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) is in the process of producing a number of fascinating Podcasts, each of which tells a story of a facet of RAN history.  The Centre has partnered with the University of New South Wales for this endeavour. 

The most recent Podcasts cover aspects of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam, […]

NSW Division AGM – March 2018

The Annual General Meeting for the NSW Division will be held in the White Ensign Club building (adjacent to the Fleet Air Arm Museum) on Wednesday 14th March 2018, commenting at 1130 (note different time from usual meetings). 

The meeting will consider any ‘Notices of Motion’, which are essentially ideas or suggestions concerning the NSW Division.  You are invited to submit […]

Korean War Service Medal Approved

VETERANS of the Korean War have been approved to wear the Republic of Korea War Service medal by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
As a foreign award, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal is not administered by Defence. Eligible veterans may purchase the replica medal from any reputable medal dealer.
Veterans who have […]

Wreath Laying for LEUT Casadio 30Jan18

A “Last Post” ceremony will be held at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday 30 January 2018 to acknowledge the loss of LEUT Anthony Casadio, who died in action on the 21st August 1968 whilst serving on the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RAN HFV).  He was just 22 years old. 
Those wishing to attend should be at the AWM entry at […]

Commemoration of Battles at FSBs Coral and Balmoral May ’68

A memorial service for FSBs Coral and Balmoral 50th Anniversary will be held at the Vietnam Forces Memorial, Anzac Pde Canberra on Sunday 13th May 2018.
There will be the normal dignitaries as well as VIP service personnel. Each branch of a service may have a represenative in the VIP section.
The service is open to all serving personnel, ex service personnel […]