Recognition for helicopter flight veterans

Published on Minister for Defence Personnel Media Release (author)

Topic(s): Operations, Ceremony and Traditions, Helicopters

Members of the 3rd Contingent, RANHFV, prior to their departure for service in South Vietnam. (photo: Unknown)
Members of the 3rd Contingent, RANHFV, prior to their departure for service in South Vietnam.

Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Dan Tehan MP has championed an investigation into the issue of unit recognition for service with the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam, and service at the Battles of Coral and Balmoral.

The independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal will conduct the investigation.
 
The fighting was some of the bloodiest and most intense fighting by Australians in the Vietnam War, where 26 Australians lost their lives and many more were wounded.
 
Mr Tehan said the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam had served with distinction over four rotations of about one year each, between October 1967 and June 1971.
 
The Flight was fully integrated with the US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company, flying Iroquois in utility and gun-ship configurations.
 
Mr Tehan said he had asked for an enquiry after listening to veterans, their families and members of the public who believed the unit deserved a decoration for its service.
 
“I encourage all of those former members and those with an interest in these matters to take advantage of this opportunity to make a submission,” Mr Tehan said.
 
Submissions to both enquiries are open until 16 June.