Australia — Recognition of Operation Lagoon and Operation Gateway

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Defence, Sen­a­tor David Feeney, announced today that the inde­pen­dent Defence Hon­ours and Awards Appeals Tri­bunal will inquire into recog­ni­tion for two sep­a­rate Aus­tralian Defence Force oper­a­tions – Oper­a­tion Lagoon and Oper­a­tion Gate­way.

“I am pleased that the Tri­bunal will inquire into recog­ni­tion of ser­vice for Oper­a­tion Lagoon and Oper­a­tion Gate­way,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said, Oper­a­tion Gate­way com­menced in 1981. This oper­a­tion involves the con­duct of North­ern Indi­an Ocean and South Chi­na Sea mar­itime sur­veil­lance patrols. 

“I have asked the Tri­bunal to look at whether more than one medal can be award­ed for ser­vice before and after 1975, hav­ing regard to the nature of this oper­a­tion and in the con­text of ser­vice in South East Asia over that peri­od,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said 

Oper­a­tion Lagoon was the first com­bined south Pacif­ic region peace­keep­ing oper­a­tion com­mand­ed by the Aus­tralian Defence Force in 1994 in Bougainville. Ser­vice with this oper­a­tion cur­rent­ly attracts no form of recognition. 

“I have asked the Tri­bunal to exam­ine the rel­e­vant evi­dence, look at the nature and con­text of the ser­vice in rela­tion to the cri­te­ria for an Aus­tralian award for this oper­a­tion,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said. 

“A num­ber of peo­ple have raised with the Gov­ern­ment and the Tri­bunal the issue of recog­ni­tion for ser­vice with these oper­a­tions. I encour­age all those with an inter­est in these mat­ters to now take advan­tage of this oppor­tu­ni­ty to make a sub­mis­sion,” Sen­a­tor Feeney said. 

The call for sub­mis­sions for each of the inquiries will be released short­ly in the nation­al press. Sub­mis­sions to the inquiries will close on Fri­day, 3 June 2011.

The Tri­bunal can be con­tact­ed at:
Defence Hon­ours and Awards Appeals Tri­bunal
Locked Bag 7765

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

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