The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, together with the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, today unveiled a new medal of recognition for Australia’s defence force.
The Australian Operational Service medal will for the first time recognise the efforts of Navy personnel carrying out border protection work.
Mr Snowdon said the medal was an overdue acknowledgment of the difficult
job carried out in border protection, including intercepting foreign fishing boats.
“This is our way of acknowledging the tough and dangerous work hundreds of men and women in our defence forces carry out protecting Australia,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Personnel involved on operations since 1997 including CRANBERRY, DIRK, STANHOPE, MISTRAL, TEEBONE, CELESTA, SUTTON, GEMSBOK, RELEX, RELEX II and RESOLUTE, will be eligible for the medal.”
“In addition to personnel deployed on Naval vessels, P3 RAAF Orion crews and Australian army personnel in the Regional Force Surveillance Units, including NORFORCE, will also for the first time be eligible for recognition of operational service under border operations,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Australian Operational Service medal, will replace the Australian Active Service Medal and Australian Service Medal for new military operations, which will be phased out as current operations wind up.
The medal will be presented with a unique ribbon to identify individual operations.
An initial supply of medals is presently being sourced, and it is hoped that these will be available within the coming months.
Lidija Ivanovski (Minister Snowdon’s Office) – 0407 108 935
Defence Media Operations – (02) 6127 1999