RAN ships and crew of the Vietnam war.
Shipmates, family, and friends, 2023 makes it 50 years since Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The war of our generation.
NAAQLD will commemorate the 50-year anniversary on Thursday 25th June at 11:00 at the Jack Memorial Southbank, Brisbane.
This was a war of our generation. A war that divided our nation and changed the government. It left many scarred, both mentally and physically.
All Ships ‘and branch associations are invited to participate by displaying their Anzac Day banner or similar. While we commemorate the ships, we especially remember all those who served. There are many stories and experiences to be remembered and shared. We ignore the lessons of history at our peril.
The Department of Veterans Affairs study “The Veterans Cohort” (1997) stated that RAN Veterans who served on ships at sea in Vietnam waters were dying at a rate which was 45% higher than the national average. The issues are ongoing. Today Naval Veterans suffer from herbicide exposure and PTSD. There has been a lengthy refusal by the Australian Governments to allow benefits and entitlement to the crews involved in RAN logistic support and escort duties.
On completion of the commemoration, all are most welcome and encouraged to enjoy fellowship at the adjacent Ship Inn.