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Topic review - A Farewell to those with whom we served...
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1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF REAR ADMIRAL ANDREW JOHN ROBERTSON, AO, DSC, RAN (RETD). REAR ADMIRAL ROBERTSON MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO NAVY, IN WAR AND IN PEACE, DURING HIS DISTINGUISHED 43 YEAR CAREER, AND IN THE FOUR DECADES SINCE HIS RETIREMENT.

A really nice man. I always enjoyed a chat with him each ANZAC day when he led the SYDNEY contingent. I'm sure he remembered the name of every man he spoke to. Still very sprightly in his 80's and early 90's. He was also patron of TS SYDNEY and loved his visits to Spectacle Island. I was both surprised and gratified when he turned out for my wife's memorial service on the island, very ably organised by the late Ted Wynberg - another one of the good guys gone. Heather was CO of SYDNEY on a couple of occasions. Fair winds and following seas Sir, thank you for your service to our nation and our Navy.
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1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF REAR ADMIRAL ANDREW JOHN ROBERTSON, AO, DSC, RAN (RETD). REAR ADMIRAL ROBERTSON MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO NAVY, IN WAR AND IN PEACE, DURING HIS DISTINGUISHED 43 YEAR CAREER, AND IN THE FOUR DECADES SINCE HIS RETIREMENT.
2. CADET MIDSHIPMAN ROBERTSON JOINED THE RANC IN EARLY 1939, WAS MADE CADET CAPTAIN AND WAS AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS KINGS GOLD MEDAL. 3. DURING 1942 – 44, MIDSHIPMAN ROBERTSON SERVED IN THE HEAVY CRUISER HMAS AUSTRALIA (II), AND THE DESTROYER HMAS WARRAMUNGA. HE SAW ACTION IN THE DESTROYER HMS KIMBERLEY, ENFORCING THE SURRENDER OF GERMAN FORCES IN THE DODECANESE ISLANDS, IN MAY 1945.
4. IN 1946, IN HMAS BATAAN, HE SERVED IN JAPAN, AS PART OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION FORCE. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY TWO YEARS OF HAZARDOUS DUTY, CLEARING WARTIME MINES FROM AUSTRALIAN AND NEW GUINEA WATERS, IN HMAS SWAN.
5. SUB LIEUTENANT ROBERTSON WAS SELECTED TO UNDERTAKE THE ROYAL NAVY LONG GUNNERY COURSE, AT HMS EXCELLENT (WHALE ISLAND), IN 1949. HE WAS RANKED 1ST IN HIS CLASS. HE THEN INSTRUCTED AT HMAS CERBERUS GUNNERY SCHOOL.
6. IN MARCH 1951, LIEUTENANT ROBERTSON SERVED AS GUNNERY OFFICER IN THE DESTROYER HMAS ANZAC WHICH WAS DEPLOYED TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA FOR AIRCRAFT CARRIER ESCORT DUTIES, FIRING 1000 ROUNDS OF 4.5-INCH AMMUNITION, AT NORTH KOREAN TARGETS ASHORE.
7. ANZAC RETURNED TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA IN SEPTEMBER 1952, AND AGAIN PROVIDED NAVAL GUNFIRE SUPPORT.
8. FOR HIS SERVICE IN ANZAC, DURING THIS SECOND DEPLOYMENT, LIEUTENANT ROBERTSON WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS. THE CITATION FOR HIS DSC READS IN PART: HIS CALMNESS AND DISREGARD OF PERSONAL DANGER, WHEN MOST EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLING THE ARMAMENT IN A RELATIVELY PROLONGED ACTION, AGAINST AN ENEMY COASTAL BATTERY OF FOUR GUNS WHICH HOTLY AND ACCURATELY ENGAGED HMAS ANZAC, ON 16 NOVEMBER 1952 WAS MOST NOTABLE.
9. IN JANUARY 1953, LIEUTENANT ROBERTSON JOINED THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HMAS SYDNEY AS THE GUNNERY OFFICER, AND SAILED TO THE UK TO TAKE PART IN THE CORONATION NAVAL REVIEW, AT PORTSMOUTH.
10. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER ROBERTSON JOINED THE STAFF OF THE AUSTRALIAN NAVAL LIAISON OFFICE IN LONDON, IN 1954, AND COMPLETED THE ROYAL NAVY STAFF COURSE IN 1956. HE SUBSEQUENTLY POSTED TO THE TRAINING AND STAFF REQUIREMENTS DIVISION, IN NAVY OFFICE, WITH THE ADDITIONAL DUTY OF FLAG LIEUTENANT TO THE NAVAL BOARD.
11. IN DECEMBER 1957, COMMANDER ROBERTSON TOOK COMMAND OF THE FRIGATE HMAS QUICKMATCH WHICH OPERATED IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN WATERS. 12. HIS NEXT APPOINTMENT WAS TO THE UK JOINT STAFF – SINGAPORE, BASED AT HMS TERROR, AT A TIME WHEN AUSTRALIAN WARSHIPS WERE HEAVILY COMMITTED TO THE FAR EAST STRATEGIC RESERVE, AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN TREATY ORGANISATION EXERCISES.
13. IN 1962, COMMANDER ROBERTSON BECAME THE FLEET OPERATIONS OFFICER, EMBARKED IN HMAS MELBOURNE AND LATER IN HMAS SYDNEY.
14. ON PROMOTION TO CAPTAIN IN JANUARY 1964, HE WAS APPOINTED TO NAVY OFFICE AS THE DIRECTOR OF MANNING AND TRAINING, DURING A PERIOD OF CHALLENGING RECRUITMENT.
15. IN JANUARY 1967, CAPTAIN ROBERTSON TOOK COMMAND OF HMAS YARRA AND THE FIRST FRIGATE SQUADRON, CONSISTING OF FOUR RIVER CLASS VESSELS. YARRA ESCORTED THE FAST TROOP TRANSPORT, HMAS SYDNEY, INTO VUNG TAU HARBOUR, VIETNAM, IN DECEMBER 1967.
16. IN JULY 1968, CAPTAIN ROBERTSON WAS APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE JOINT POLICY STAFF, IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE. HE WAS ALSO AIDE-DE-CAMP TO THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL (FIRST BARON CASEY AND THEN SIR PAUL HASLUCK).
17. IN 1972, CAPTAIN ROBERTSON ATTENDED THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES IN LONDON, AND ON COMPLETION TOOK COMMAND OF HMAS SYDNEY,
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AND DEPLOYED TO SOUTHEAST ASIA.
18. FOLLOWING DECOMMISSIONING OF SYDNEY, AND ON PROMOTION, COMMODORE ROBERTSON TOOK COMMAND OF HMAS ALBATROSS, IN JANUARY 1974. IN MAY 1974, THE CARRIER AIR GROUP EMBARKED FOR THE FIRST LARGE SCALE TRI-SERVICE AUSTRALIAN BASED EXERCISE, EXERCISE KANGAROO 1.
19. COMMODORE ROBERTSON, WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS, ESTABLISHED THE AUSTRALIAN NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM AT NOWRA, AND REMAINED A COMMITTED SUPPORTER AFTER LEAVING ALBATROSS.
20. COMMODORE ROBERTSON BECAME THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NAVAL OPERATIONS AND PLANS, IN NAVY OFFICE, IN JANUARY 1976. IN DECEMBER 1976, HE TOOK UP THE POSITION OF HEAD AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE STAFF, IN THE AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION, LONDON. HE WAS PROMOTED TO REAR ADMIRAL ON 24 JANUARY 1977.
21. REAR ADMIRAL ROBERTSONS LAST APPOINTMENT WAS AS THE FLAG OFFICER, NAVAL SUPPORT COMMAND, BASED IN SYDNEY, COMMENCING IN JANUARY 1980. NAVAL SUPPORT COMMAND OVERSAW THE COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT OF OUR NAVYS TRAINING AND SUPPORT BASES, AND THE MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADE PROGRAM OF ALL SHIPS, SUBMARINES, AIRCRAFT AND ARMAMENTS.
22. HE WAS MADE AN OFFICER IN THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO) IN THE QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST 1980, FOR SERVICE TO THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY, AND THE DEFENCE FORCE, PARTICULARLY AS HEAD AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE STAFF, LONDON.
23. REAR ADMIRAL ROBERTSON RETIRED FROM OUR NAVY IN 1982, AFTER 43 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE. IN RETIREMENT HE BECAME FEDERAL VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NAVY LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA, COUNCILLOR OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA ASSOCIATION AND HAD A LONG TERM INVOLVEMENT IN THE CREATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, OF WHICH HE WAS NAMED THE INAUGURAL HONORARY FELLOW, IN 2016.
24. ON BEHALF OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY, I EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO REAR ADMIRAL ROBERTSONS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
25. A PRIVATE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AND A NAVAL MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL OCCUR AT A TIME AND PLACE TO BE ANNOUNCED.
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From: CN AUSTRALIA ................................................ DTG: 210050Z JAN 2020
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VALE VICE ADMIRAL DAVID WILLOUGHBY LEACH AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (RETD)...WZA Z4P

1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS, THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF
FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF, VICE ADMIRAL DAVID LEACH. DURING HIS 43
YEAR CAREER HE EXEMPLIFIED NAVY VALUES IN PEACE AND WAR AND MADE
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MODERN NAVY THROUGH HIS COMMAND AND
LEADERSHIP AT SEA AND ASHORE. HE WAS THE LAST FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF TO HAVE SERVED IN THE RAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

2. CADET MIDSHIPMAN LEACH JOINED THE RAN COLLEGE IN 1942, AGED 13.
HE WAS AWARDED THE KINGS MEDAL FOR EXEMPLARY CONDUCT AND IN 1946
SERVED IN THE RN BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET, FOLLOWED BY SUB LIEUTENANT
TRAINING IN THE UK AND IN HMA SHIPS AUSTRALIA, MURCHISON AND ARUNTA.
WHILE TRAINING IN THE UK AS A GUNNERY SPECIALIST, HE OBTAINED A
PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE. AS A LIEUTENANT, HE PLAYED STATE
REPRESENTATIVE RUGBY FOR VICTORIA.

3. COMMANDER LEACH WAS FLEET GUNNERY OFFICER WHILE SERVING IN THE
FLAGSHIP HMAS MELBOURNE (1961-62). HE COMMANDED HMA SHIPS VENDETTA
(1964-66) AND PERTH (1968-69). UNDER CAPTAIN LEACHS COMMAND, ON
ACTIVE SERVICE ON THE GUNLINE OFF VIETNAM, PERTH PROVIDED ACCURATE
AND TIMELY BOMBARDMENT OF SHORE TARGETS AND AVOIDED 30 ROUNDS OF
COUNTER BATTERY FIRE FROM ENEMY SHORE EMPLACEMENTS. IN 1969, PERTH
WAS AWARDED THE US MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION FOR THIS
OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT.

4. CAPTAIN LEACH SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF NAVAL PLANS (1969-70), AND
WAS THE RAN ATTACHE IN THE UK (1971-74). ON PROMOTION TO COMMODORE
IN 1975, HE WAS DIRECTOR GENERAL NAVAL OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
(1975-76) AND SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLETED THE UK SENIOR STAFF COURSE AT
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES (1977).

5. ON PROMOTION TO REAR ADMIRAL, HE WAS ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF – MATERIAL (1978-79), FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING THE AUSTRALIAN
FLEET (1979-80), AND ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF – PERSONNEL
(1980-81). ON PROMOTION TO VICE ADMIRAL IN APRIL 1982, HE BECAME
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF. HIS NAVAL CAREER CONCLUDED IN 1985 AFTER
THREE YEARS IN COMMAND OF THE RAN.

6. AFTER RETIREMENT, IN 1985 VICE ADMIRAL LEACH CONTINUED TO GIVE
SIGNIFICANT SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR
MEMORIAL AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL. HE
ALSO SERVED AS AN ALDERMAN AND THEN MAYOR OF WOOLHARA WHERE HE
LIVED.

7. IN 1969, CAPTAIN LEACH WAS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE
BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE) FOR DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE
ENEMY WHILE IN COMMAND OF PERTH. IN 1970, HE WAS MADE A LIEUTENANT
OF THE VICTORIAN ORDER (LVO) FOR HIS SERVICES AS LIAISON OFFICER
DURING THE ROYAL VISIT TO AUSTRALIA. IN 1981, HE WAS MADE AN OFFICER
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO), FOR HIS SERVICE AS COMMANDER OF THE
AUSTRALIAN FLEET AND IN 1984 HE WAS PROMOTED TO COMPANION OF THE
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AC), FOR SERVICES TO THE RAN, PARTICULARLY AS
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF.

8. VICE ADMIRAL LEACHS NAVAL FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE
GARDEN ISLAND CHAPEL, HMAS KUTTABUL, AT 1100 ON FRIDAY 31 JAN. RIG
FOR NAVAL PERSONNEL ATTENDING WILL BE S2 WITH MOURNING BRASSARDS.

9. THROUGHOUT HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER AND LATER LIFE, VICE ADMIRAL
LEACH GAVE GREAT SERVICE TO THE NATION AND THE NAVY. ON BEHALF OF
OUR NAVY FAMILY, I EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

10. CN SENDS.

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Great skipper RIP :aust:
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From: CN AUSTRALIA ................................................ DTG: 210050Z JAN 2020
Releaser: SOCN/CN AUSTRALIA
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VALE VICE ADMIRAL DAVID WILLOUGHBY LEACH AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (RETD)...WZA Z4P

1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS, THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF
FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF, VICE ADMIRAL DAVID LEACH. DURING HIS 43
YEAR CAREER HE EXEMPLIFIED NAVY VALUES IN PEACE AND WAR AND MADE
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MODERN NAVY THROUGH HIS COMMAND AND
LEADERSHIP AT SEA AND ASHORE. HE WAS THE LAST FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF TO HAVE SERVED IN THE RAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

2. CADET MIDSHIPMAN LEACH JOINED THE RAN COLLEGE IN 1942, AGED 13.
HE WAS AWARDED THE KINGS MEDAL FOR EXEMPLARY CONDUCT AND IN 1946
SERVED IN THE RN BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET, FOLLOWED BY SUB LIEUTENANT
TRAINING IN THE UK AND IN HMA SHIPS AUSTRALIA, MURCHISON AND ARUNTA.
WHILE TRAINING IN THE UK AS A GUNNERY SPECIALIST, HE OBTAINED A
PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE. AS A LIEUTENANT, HE PLAYED STATE
REPRESENTATIVE RUGBY FOR VICTORIA.

3. COMMANDER LEACH WAS FLEET GUNNERY OFFICER WHILE SERVING IN THE
FLAGSHIP HMAS MELBOURNE (1961-62). HE COMMANDED HMA SHIPS VENDETTA
(1964-66) AND PERTH (1968-69). UNDER CAPTAIN LEACHS COMMAND, ON
ACTIVE SERVICE ON THE GUNLINE OFF VIETNAM, PERTH PROVIDED ACCURATE
AND TIMELY BOMBARDMENT OF SHORE TARGETS AND AVOIDED 30 ROUNDS OF
COUNTER BATTERY FIRE FROM ENEMY SHORE EMPLACEMENTS. IN 1969, PERTH
WAS AWARDED THE US MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION FOR THIS
OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT.

4. CAPTAIN LEACH SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF NAVAL PLANS (1969-70), AND
WAS THE RAN ATTACHE IN THE UK (1971-74). ON PROMOTION TO COMMODORE
IN 1975, HE WAS DIRECTOR GENERAL NAVAL OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
(1975-76) AND SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLETED THE UK SENIOR STAFF COURSE AT
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES (1977).

5. ON PROMOTION TO REAR ADMIRAL, HE WAS ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF – MATERIAL (1978-79), FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING THE AUSTRALIAN
FLEET (1979-80), AND ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF – PERSONNEL
(1980-81). ON PROMOTION TO VICE ADMIRAL IN APRIL 1982, HE BECAME
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF. HIS NAVAL CAREER CONCLUDED IN 1985 AFTER
THREE YEARS IN COMMAND OF THE RAN.

6. AFTER RETIREMENT, IN 1985 VICE ADMIRAL LEACH CONTINUED TO GIVE
SIGNIFICANT SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR
MEMORIAL AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL. HE
ALSO SERVED AS AN ALDERMAN AND THEN MAYOR OF WOOLHARA WHERE HE
LIVED.

7. IN 1969, CAPTAIN LEACH WAS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE
BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE) FOR DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE
ENEMY WHILE IN COMMAND OF PERTH. IN 1970, HE WAS MADE A LIEUTENANT
OF THE VICTORIAN ORDER (LVO) FOR HIS SERVICES AS LIAISON OFFICER
DURING THE ROYAL VISIT TO AUSTRALIA. IN 1981, HE WAS MADE AN OFFICER
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO), FOR HIS SERVICE AS COMMANDER OF THE
AUSTRALIAN FLEET AND IN 1984 HE WAS PROMOTED TO COMPANION OF THE
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AC), FOR SERVICES TO THE RAN, PARTICULARLY AS
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF.

8. VICE ADMIRAL LEACHS NAVAL FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE
GARDEN ISLAND CHAPEL, HMAS KUTTABUL, AT 1100 ON FRIDAY 31 JAN. RIG
FOR NAVAL PERSONNEL ATTENDING WILL BE S2 WITH MOURNING BRASSARDS.

9. THROUGHOUT HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER AND LATER LIFE, VICE ADMIRAL
LEACH GAVE GREAT SERVICE TO THE NATION AND THE NAVY. ON BEHALF OF
OUR NAVY FAMILY, I EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

10. CN SENDS.

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Incredibly sad. Some might say that Tim And I have two things in common. We both have Myloid Leukemia and we are both ARGGGS. All Round general Good Guys.!
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I didn't always agree with some of his ideas, but he did stick to his guns.

He was committed to helping others and his country.

RIP Tim :salute1:
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=; Tonight's News we learned that Tim Fischer has crossed the bar, aged 73... [-o<

The following was recently published in the Townsville Bulletin

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Tim Fischer on course for his biggest victory

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FORMER national serviceman and deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has been reported as being “gravely ill” in Albury hospital.

Elected to the NSW parliament in 1971, aged 24 and soon after his return from Vietnam, he then served in Federal Parliament from 1984 until 2001.

He was trade minister then Nationals leader between 1990 and 1999.

Later he became the first resident ambassador to the Vatican.

Mr Fischer, who as a 1RAR platoon commander fought in the Battle of Coral in Vietnam in May 1968, has made no secret of his decade-long battle with various cancers.

His latest, possibly terminal battle is with acute myeloid leukaemia.

He has previously battled bladder and prostate cancers and melanoma.

He would not object to being described as a tough old coot, whose other passions included railways of the world and General Sir John Monash, who’s posthumous promotion to field marshal he has championed.

Tim Fischer claimed he was exposed in Vietnam to the defoliant Agent Orange, as were many of his mates.

Defoliation was a tactic first employed by British forces in the Malayan Emergency.

Agent Orange, used by the US and allies in Vietnam as a defoliant to deny cover and food to their enemy, was an equal mixture of the chemicals 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D in which dioxins were major components, mixed with diesel or kerosene to aid delivery.

Both chemicals were also commonly used in Australian agriculture.

But the long-term effects of their widespread use in Vietnam has led to claims of adverse consequences by exposed veterans.

Residual dioxin enters the food chain and is easily absorbed by humans through physical contact or ingestion.

Some estimates suggest 76 million litres of Agent Orange were sprayed over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. RAAF Iroquois helicopters were also equipped with boom sprays to deliver Agent Orange, so named for the orange band on the 210 litre drums in which it was delivered from the US.

Concerns about the use of chemical sprays and their effect on people soon emerged in Australia and elsewhere.

Veterans began reporting high incidences of various cancers, while abnormalities in their post-Vietnam offspring were also attributed to Agent Orange.

The Australian Government through DVA initially denied any links, despite a royal commission which, in a nine-volume report, admitted the existence of health problems, but found no causal link to the use of defoliants in Vietnam.

Instead it suggested exposure to a range of chemicals, which it claimed veterans generically described as “Agent Orange” may have contributed.

Last year Tim Fischer attributed his various cancers to his exposure to Agent Orange.

“At least one specialist suggested my immunity broke down a lot more quickly as a direct consequence,” he said.

He may have unsuccessfully argued similarly as a Vietnam veteran while holding senior government office.

However it would be now hard for heartless bureaucrats to argue he didn’t know what he was talking about, when his own personal health circumstances suggest otherwise.

It may result in his most successful posthumous victory.
Post Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:16 pm
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I still have my original signed copy from Tug, one of the first printed. A good bloke. Fair winds and a following sea Tug. :yes:
Post Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:17 pm
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I was at Nirimba at one stage when Tug was there, but I didn't have any direct dealings with him.

RIP Tug. :salute1:
Post Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:18 pm


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