Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam recognised for gallantry

ran hfv
RAN UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter operating in Vietnam. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester has announced the extraordinary gallantry displayed by the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) will be recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester has announced the extraordinary gallantry displayed by the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (HFV) will be recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

Minister Chester said the outstanding service of the pilots and the maintenance and support personnel during RANHFV’s deployment in South Vietnam from October 1967–June 1971 is worthy of the citation.

Advertisement
Advertisement

"In 1967, a detachment of the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm was integrated with the US Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company. The newly established RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam flew helicopters in both utility and gunship configurations," Minister Chester said.

"In addition to their usual duties, a significant number of the maintenance and support personnel also worked as aircrew and door-gunners, and ensured the security of their bases.

"RANHFV did extraordinarily dangerous work and spent most days flying combat assault missions, with the expectation of coming under fire on every second sortie."

The recommendation for the RAN HFV to be awarded the Unit Citation for Gallantry was accepted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove following an inquiry by the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal.

Veterans of the RAN HFV are encouraged to apply for the Unit Citation for Gallantry through the Department of Defence Medals Online Application form here.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Family members of deceased veterans are also encouraged to apply to receive the insignia. An event will be held later in the year for recipients to receive their awards.

RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam recognised for gallantry
RAN-HFV.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

Key decision-makers and stakeholders within the defence industry will converge at the inaugural Defence Connect AIC Summit for 2021 to discuss improving Australian Industrial Capability to increase the nation's sovereign production, defence capability and resilience. Register your interest to attend today! Limited spaces available. Register your interest to attend, visit: www.defenceconnect.com.au/aic-summit

more from defence connect

Jun 24 2021
Lockheed Martin announces changes to F-22 leadership team
A new vice president has been appointed to replace OJ Sanchez, who has taken up a lead role in the Integrated Fighter Group projec...
Jun 24 2021
Biden’s ‘deeply troubling’ signal to Indo-Pacific partners
President Joe Biden’s first defence budget request suggests the growing military imbalance in the Indo-Pacific is being viewed a...
Jun 24 2021
PODCAST: Aviation wrap-up — RAAF evolution, military training, maintenance & procurement
In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, news editor Charbel Kadib and editor of Australian Aviation Adam Thorn join host P...