White Cards and SRCA Clients
Sadly it seems that many of the people eligible for their new card have
not kept their contact details with DVA up-to-date... therefore, many of
these cards were returned to sender.
DVA have tried a few other methods to find the clients but there are
many yet to be located.
Pass this on and make sure your mates have updated their details with
DVA recently... the sad thing is many of them probably don't even know
they had one coming.
The best way to update your details with DVA easily, is to do it through
your MyAccount login or of course call them up on 1800 555 254.
Submariners 100 Year
Anniversary patch & sticker
Full details in the Clothing Store
If you know any veterans who are not receiving a Gold or White
card or who are doing it really tough financially, please refer them to
Low Income Health Care Card website. Eligibility is spelled out in
the website. The important feature of the LIHC Card is possible
NEXT STEPS FOR GALLIPOLI 2015 BALLOT
42,582 applications were received from Australians planning to attend
the Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, marking 100 years since the
landing of Australian and New Zealand troops during the First World War.
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC,
Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said the government’s contracted
ticket provider would now begin the process of confirming applications.
Can Do Easy
by ex-CPOCD Tony Ey
This story is based on numerous real life experiences of the
Royal Australian Navy's Clearance Diving Team 3 (RANCDT3), which served
in South Vietnam from 1967 to 1971. It is the author's intention to
provide a quite accurate insight into what it was like to be a serving
Australian Navy 'Clearance Diver' in South Vietnam during the late ‘60s
and early ‘70s. Their professionalism, their at times unconventional
behavior, their ever present sense of humour and most importantly, their
willingness, bordering on obsession, to confront life-threatening danger
head on, were all fundamental ingredients of what made these men stand
out from the crowd. For full details go to the
The Indonesian Confrontation - 50th Anniversary Commemoration
Service and Dinner on 24th May 2014.
At 0001Z on 25th May, 1964, HMAS Sydney weighed anchor at Garden Island
in Sydney. Onboard were 111 LAA Bty RAA, 7 Field Sqn RAE, 42 TPT PL
(Amp) RAASC, elements of 5 Sqn RAAF and 800 ships crew. These former
Australian Armed Forces units were being deployed to Sabah, Borneo and
to Butterworth on the Malaysian Peninsula, into the undeclared war of
"The Indonesian Confrontation". Full details on
our 'Reunion page'.....
On the Record - Reporting of Conduct of Royal Australian Navy
Members on Border Protection Operations
It is important that I place on the record my deep concern regarding the
reporting over the last few weeks in both new and old media that
discredits the conduct of members of the Royal Australian Navy in Border
Fair Indexation for DFRB and DFRDB Recipients
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring fair indexation is
applied to DFRB and DFRDB retirement pay for recipients aged 55 and
over. The Government will ensure that fair indexation will be delivered
and funded in the Government's first budget with the new measure to
apply from 01 July 2014. DFRB and DFRDB retirement pay recipients aged
55 and over will see their retirement pay indexed in the same way as age
and service pensions.
Malevolent Environment Now a Factor for PTSD Compensation Claims
There they are, infantry patrolling round the Long Hi mountains or out
from Tarin Kowt. They know there have been plenty of mine incidents
there. In fact they have a splinter team of engineers with them trawling
for mines or maybe there’s someone out front prodding with his bayonet
to clear a path.
And what about the sailor. It’s the Gulf War and the enemy threatens his
ship with Exocet missiles and chemical agents. He fears being trapped
below the waterline.
Mystery of the Unknown Sailor of HMAS Sydney
It is a mystery that has taken decades to unfold. And the final chapters
are agonisingly close to being told. Scientists just need one more piece
of the jigsaw in the quest to identify the remains of their mystery man.
They need a descendant of the sailor whose body was retrieved from
waters off Christmas Island, three months after HMAS Sydney was sunk by
the German raider HSK Kormoran in November 1941.
Read the full article.....
If you can help identify the sailor, contact:
‘Poorer For His Passing’
We have all heard of Simpson and his donkey at Gallipoli and how he
helped many wonderful diggers. Sometimes present day Simpsons are missed
in the hustle and bustle. Many modern-day diggers have been helped by
Bob Gibbs who died last week.
Tributes in the paper from Legacy and the Masonic people salute
him. That the Governor attended his memorial service spoke volumes for
the service of this fine man. Sometimes it is the silence that is the
most profound tribute to our best people. He helped so many, quietly and
effectively. The world is poorer for his passing.
CDRE R M Baird
VALE Charles Stevenson
With a sad heart I wish to advise the crossing of the bar of
one of our HMAS SYDNEY 2 Old and Bold Honorary Life Members:
ex Master at Arms Charles "Chicka" Joseph STEVENSON 23347
Date of Birth: 3rd November, 1919
Served in HMAS Sydney 2 - 23rd January, 1949 to 29th August, 1941
He is survived by his wife Joyce and 3 Children, Wendy, Ruby and Philip
Home address: 4/89 Blackburn Road
EAST DONCASTER 3109 VIC
Chicka was awarded an MID for service in HMAS HOBART on 6th November,
Regulating Petty Officer Charles Joseph STEVENSON, 23347
For outstanding courage, skill and initiative whilst serving in HMAS
HOBART over a period of seven months in operations in the Far East which
covered bombardments of Tarakan, Wewak, Labuan and Balikpapan and the
attack on LingayenGulf, Aitape and Wewak.
I have requested his Service details from Canberra.
Charles had requested that his ashes be scattered from HMAS SYDNEY and I
will advise the family on DCO procedures in due course.
Our Secretary, David "Speed" DWYER and myself travelled to his local
church hall in July of this year to present him with his Life Membership
Badge and other goodies. To say that he was chuffed would be an
understatement. We only became aware of his existence because of a
comment made by a member of his church group that visited the Museum at
HMAS Cerberus earlier in the year.
HMAS SYDNEY & V.L.S.V.A. (VIC) Inc
President's Christmas Report 2013
Medical Referral Forms
DVA has changed the way there medical referral forms are to be
used. The old “bankcard” type of slip is no longer used. You need to
advise you GP to use the form that is located on
South Vietnam Campaign Medal
The following is a transcript of the testimonies of John Carroll and
Fred McLeod-Dryden, of the Inquiry into the eligibility for awarding of
the South Vietnam Campaign Medal. This Inquiry was held at the Mercure
Hotel, Treasury Gardens, Melbourne on Friday 6th September, 2013.
RAAF CEREMONIAL CREST and the AUSTRALIAN ARMY RISING SUN,
now available - see clothing store
VALE: Bob Gibbs
Life Member Bob Gibbs passed away on 15th November 2013. Bob
has worked tirelessly for many years for our association in Welfare. We
extend our sincere condolences to his family.
Bob's funeral is to be held at Graeme Family Funerals, Risdon Road,
Newtown Tas. at 1300 on Monday 25th November.
GALLIPOLI 2015 BALLOT OPENS MIDNIGHT 15
The ballot for places at Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015 will open tomorrow,
the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of ANZAC
Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.
new charity 'Keeping Watch'
The Chief of Navy has recently announced the launch of Navy's new
charity 'Keeping Watch'. In his announcement by message to all of the
Navy, CN went on to say that Keeping Watch is a most important
initiative that will enable Navy to better care for and support our
officers and sailors and their families in times of need.
The link below will take you to the Emden website for the full story.
It has been translated from German
Iron Cross At Royal Australian Navy
To a certain unique event took place on 6 October 2013 in Sydney
Harbour: As part of the 100-year celebration of the Australian Navy
handed the inspector of the German Navy, Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf, the
Iron Cross, the "Emden" to his Australian counterpart, Vice Admiral Ray
Read the full story.....
Letter to all ESOs.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime
Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, the Senator the Hon. Michael
Ronaldson, has asked me to write to you regarding a proposed Australian
Government commemorative mission to France in June 2014. The purpose of
the Mission is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings
at Normandy and the subsequent European campaign.
Mission Nomination form.....
Covering letter for medical history form.....
Medical history form.....
HMAS Sydney Family Birthday Gathering
On Saturday 2nd November, 2013, three generations of HMAS Sydney sailors
gathered at the home of world renowned model maker Max Montague to
celebrate their birthdays in a unique fashion. The guest of honour was
WWII veteran Dick Radcliffe.
REDUCED DEEMING RATES PUT MONEY BACK IN VETERANS’ POCKETS
Nearly 60,000 members of the veteran and defence communities will
benefit from a decrease to deeming rates, the Minister for Veterans’
Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced today.
Government Gazette - Notices of Investigation
a. exposure to ionising radiation; &
b. benzene exposure,
as factors in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
exposure to ionising radiation as a factor in Alzheimer-type dementia
HMAS SYDNEY I Memorial Service
A memorial service was held at Bradleys Head on 6 October 2013
to commemorate HMAS Sydney I and SMS Emden. 200 guests attended the
memorial service. Guests included the Governor of NSW Her Excellency the
Honourable Prof Marie Bashir AC CVO, Chief of Defence Force GEN David
Hurley, AC, DSC, the Administrator, Cocos Keeling Islands Mr. Jon
Stanhope and the German Ambassador to Australia, Dr. Christoph Muller.
The memorial service included addresses and memorabilia presentations by
the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN and the Chief
of Navy Federal Republic of Germany, Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf.
Following the memorial service, Mr Mike Carlton launched his new book
‘First Victory’, which tells the story of HMAS Sydney’s hunt for the
German raider, Emden. See photos in gallery.....
Exercise the Key During Veterans' Health Week
Veterans of all ages are encouraged to improve their health and
wellbeing by increasing their levels of physical activity during
Veterans’ Health Week.
Families in Focus on World Mental Health
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael
Ronaldson, encouraged members of the veteran and Defence communities to
recognise the importance of family support in mental health recovery in
the lead up to tomorrow’s World Mental Health Day.
Added photos from the Grand Final luncheon
New item - Woolly Pully added in the Clothing Store
Added new life member, Sydney II veteran Allen Baddeley
(some photos in the Gallery page)
Government Gazette - Notices of Investigation
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Alcohol Dependence & Alcohol Abuse
Drug Dependence & Drug Abuse
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour
- well worth a visit
Click here to view
THE 2013 SEAFARERS COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE - IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to a number of reasons it has been decided to combine this year’s
Annual Seafarers Church Service [St Paul’s Cathedral] and Navy Wreath
Laying Service [Shrine of Remembrance] into one Seafarers Commemorative
Service. This significant service will be conducted at the Cenotaph,
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. This combined service will take place
SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2013 and will commence at 1030.
Commemorative Plaque for Ronald MacDonald 1918 – 1942
(Article is translated from German)
The German Naval Association and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of
Australia were invited on Friday, April 19, 2013, for the commemoration
of the plaque of Ronald Allan Heffernan MacDonald, representative of the
members of the Australian Navy, in the historic Hall of the Marine
Memorial in Laboe in the county Schleswig-Holstein.
Under A Rising Sun
A poem, Under A Rising Sun, written by one of our members,
Laura Benney, aged 13, was read by me at the Anzac Day service at the
Seaford RSL in 2013. Laura's great great grandfather, paid the ultimate
sacrifice when he was killed on the Western Front in 1916. It is in
tribute to him that she penned these words.
Click here or
the image to view the video.
here to read the poem.....
Sons of ANZAC’s Vietnam Memorial Tour
In 2015 it will be the centennial of the landing at Anzac Cove and
coincidentally a significant anniversary for Vietnam Veterans, being 50
years since the deployment of our first battle group. That deployment
went on to last 10 years.
Statement of Principles concerning MYELOMA No. 69 of
2012 for the purposes of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 and
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.
You and Your Prostate
has been produced by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA)
to assist members of the veteran community to gain a better
understanding of the complex issues and management options relating to
Completion of Review into the
Statements of Principles Nos. 28 and 29 of 2005
In Respect of Malignant Neoplasm of the Prostate.
Ships Eligibility for War Service