Australia – Commemorative Service for 90th Birthday of Air Force


The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today marked its birthday with an annual commemorative service and the addition of Battle Honours to the RAAF Memorial.
The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin AO used his address as an opportunity to remember those that gave their lives in service to Australia in the last 90 years.

“Air Force has a proud history of 90 years of service. During our past 90 years, some of our people have paid the ultimate sacrifice serving Air Force, serving our nation.

“It is important we remember those that came before us, and recognise the role they have played in our success.

“Air Force has built some strong traditions over the past 90 years, and I am confident that the people of Air Force will continue to innovate, and embrace emerging technology and capability, to retain our reputation as the ‘best small Air Force in the world,” Air Marshal Binskin said.

In 2011 the Royal Australian Air Force celebrates its 90th Birthday with the theme tradition, innovation, evolution.

The following Battle Honours were unveiled:

PHILIPPINES 1944 – For operations as preparation for or as part of the Allied invasion of the Philippines between 1 July 1944 and 31 December 1944.

MALAYA 1948 TO 1960 – For operations against Communist Terrorists on the Malay Peninsular between 16 June 1948 and 31 July 1960.

THAI-MALAY 1960 TO 1966 – For air operations in direct support of ground combat forces operating in the Thai-Malay border region from 1 August 1960 to 30 March 1966.

MALAYSIA (CONFRONTATION) 1962 TO 1966 – For operations in the defence of Malaysian territories in Borneo between 8 December 1962 and 11 August 1966, or for operations in defence of the Malay Peninsular and Singapore from 17 July 1963 to 11 August 1966.

UBON, THAILAND 1962 TO 1968 – For operations in the defence of Thailand from 31 May 1962 to 31 August 1968.

EAST TIMOR 1999 TO 2000 – For operations as part of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) or in support of INTERFET within 100 nautical miles of East Timor between 20 September 1999 and 23 February 2000.

IRAQ 2003 – For operations within Iraq as part of Operation FALCONER from 18 March to 16 July 2003.

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Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia

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