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Vietnam Plaque : September-2014
Vietnam Plaque : September-2014

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The plaque commemorates H.M.A.S. Sydney III`s logistical support during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1972.

The need for a sealift capability saw the ship modified for service as a fast troop transport, and recommissioned in 1962. Sydney was initially used for training and a single supply run in support of Malaysia's defence policy against Indonesia, but in 1965, she sailed on the first voyage to Vũng Tàu, transporting soldiers and equipment to serve in the Vietnam War. 25 voyages to Vietnam were made between 1965 and 1972, earning the ship the nickname "Vung Tau Ferry".

H.M.A.S. Sydney was decommissioned in 1973, and was not replaced.

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War began with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962.  Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.

However, 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:483 George Street, Sydney Town Hall , Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.873251
Long: 151.206705
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:1965
Approx. Event End Date:1972


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 13th November, 1992
Front Inscription

   H.M.A.S. Sydney
        1965 - 1972

        Unveiled By
The Lord Mayor Of Sydney 

Alderman Frank Sartor
  13 November 1992
In Recognition Of The Service Provided
By Logistical Support Group Personnel
On Board HMAS Sydney
During The Vietnam Conflict 1965 - 1972

Graham Joss  Town Clerk


Source: MA
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