The RAN in Vietnam, Vietnam Vets Day 2011

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The RAN in Vietnam, Vietnam Vets Day 2011

Postby ColinS » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:50 pm



The Tasmania Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia will host a special commemorative event highlighting the role of the Royal Australian Navy during the Vietnam War as it pays tribute to all servicemen who fought and fell.
Vietnam Veterans Day 2011 will be Thursday 18 August 2011.

The broad and varied role of the R.A.N. is little known or understood and inevitably as the years begin to slip by with increasing rapidity, a valuable and important part of our heritage is gradually in danger of being lost.

While Vietnam Veteran’s Day has been set aside in the calendar to remember and pay tribute to our fallen comrades, we must never lose sight of the fact that our losses were incurred across all the service arms.


Vice Admiral David Leach A.C., C.B.E., L.V.O., R.A.N. (RTD) has graciously accepted an invitation to attend the event as special guest speaker. VADM Leach, a former Chief of Navy Staff, is one of only two surviving Commanding Officer’s of the DDG’s HMA ships HOBART and PERTH, both of which were heavily engaged in North Vietnamese waters during the 1968 Tet Offensive.


The city of Hobart will be the venue for the 2011 commemoration. The R.A.N. has been requested to consider facilitating a goodwill visit to Hobart of the FFG HMAS PERTH to coincide with the commemoration. The symbolic relationship of the two names and their association with the Vietnam War was an over riding consideration in determining the venue.


16 August 2011 – Arrivals commence. Free Day
17 August 2011 – Morning/Afternoon free, Formal Dinner with invited guests
representing Ship’s Associations, Clearance Diving Teams, RANHFV and Veteran ESO’s.
18 August 2011 – Commemoration Event – Commemorative Lunch - Dispersal.


We are currently endeavouring to negotiate discounted arrangements for both air travel and hotel accommodation in and around Hobart. Airport transfers will be arranged for those arriving by air to and from their accommodation, and event venues.


Early registration is strongly encouraged, and is open to all Vietnam Veterans, their wives and partners, irrespective of their Service Arm, and those who although not Vietnam Veterans, may have an affiliation with a particular ship, team, corps or unit.

Early registration is essential to help us with planning the logistics to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay in Hobart, and a successful outcome for the commemoration.
Where possible please include an email address with your registration details so that updates and information on travel and accommodation may be forwarded as they become available.

To Register, please contact either myself, or the Tasmania Branch Secretary Mrs Ann Cash with your name and the names of those accompanying you together with your full contact details, and ship or unit.

We need your support to ensure that the Role of the RAN in Vietnam becomes an informative and memorable event.

Warwick Luttrell
Tasmania Branch Inc.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

Tel: (03) 64312627
Mob: 0408 333360
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