Royal Australian Navy in Vietnam MemorialPrint Page
Memorial is a sandstone and grey granite block which commemorates the Navy's role in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1972.
The Royal Australian Navy`s role in the Vietnam War is sometimes overlooked by comparison with the Army`s larger numerical involvement. As well as serving in ships deployed to Vietnam naval personnel served in clearance diving teams, the Navy helicopter flight, in logistic support roles and in medical teams. Australian destroyers sailed nearly 400,000 miles in the course of the war and fired more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition. The converted aircraft carrier HMAS SYDNEY carried about 16,000 Australian troops as the famed `Vung Tau Ferry`. Australian Clearance Divers carried out several thousand ship searches looking for bombs and other explosive devices. A total of eight officers and sailors of the RAN were killed and nearly 50 injured in the 10 years of our Navy`s involvement in hostilities.
The end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.
|Address:||High Street, Monument Hill Memorial Reserve , Fremantle, 6160|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -32.0525|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-August-1962|
|Actual Event End Date:||11-January-1973|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 30th November, 2002|
R.A.N. IN VIETNAM
IN TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO DIED AND THOSE WHO SUFFER STILL
THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED
Commodore Mike Deeks ADC, RAN
Mayor Peter Tagliaferri
Rear Admiral Phil Kennedy AO, AM, RAN (Rtd)
Commander Peter Higgins RAN
Lieutenant Commander Alexander Donald DSC, RAN (Rtd)
Commodore Bob Trotter RAN (Rtd) Mr Peter John Flockhart CD
Mr R. C. "CHINA" Hammal
On 30th November 2002