RANHFV A Stunning Success

A reunion was held at Nowra to mark 50 years since the first RANHFV personnel left Australia for Vietnam in October 1967 to join the US Army’s 135th Assault Helicopter Company. It also celebrated the 50th birthday of the EMU’s, our combined US and Australian family.

The Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, unveiled a plaque at the FAA Museum to commemorate the RANHFV and RAN 9 Squadron personnel who served in Vietnam. As a part of the unveiling ceremony the students from the Nowra Hill Public School pinned ribbons on a board with the names of the 37 EMU’s who lost their lives in Vietnam as they were read out.

It was a happy reunion over four days with a lot to do and much thanks has to be given the RAN for their wonderful support of the event. There are way too many people to thank but you know who you are.

You can click on either of the two buttons below to access the photographs of John Macartney or Max Speedy (many thanks to them for sharing), and you can see the official Navy Photographs here too (click on any image to expand it). Anyone who attended is also invited to send their personal photos to the webmaster for inclusion on this site. 

Cadets from Training Ship Shoalhaven march with the flags of the United States, the Royal Australian Airforce, the Australian White Ensign and the Australian National Flag through the streets of Bomaderry, NSW for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam.

Vietnam veterans attend a memorial service held in in Bomaderry, NSW.

Vietnam veterans attend a memorial service held in in Bomaderry, NSW for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam.

Vietnam veterans attend a memorial march held in in Bomaderry, NSW.

Vietnam veterans attend a memorial march held in Bomaderry.

Commander Fleet Air Arm Commodore Chris Smallhorn RAN (right) and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, salute while the Australian National Anthem is played during the 50th anniversary.

Vietnam veterans march down the streets of Bomaderry, NSW.

The Guard rest at arms during a ceremony held in Bomaderry, NSW for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Helicopter Flight Vietnam with Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra, NSW for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam.