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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

What protective equipment is issued to members of the task force in Vietnam.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Issues of the following special protective clothing and equipment are made to members of the Task Force in Vietnam either as permanent personal issues or as required for special tasks or operations:

Steel helmet; body armour (.for protection against grenade and shell fragments, mine blasts and fragments - particularly during clearance operations - and shot): boots (general purpose and protective); gas masks; anti-dust respirators; goggles (various types); gloves (various types); armoured fighting vehicle suits; life jackets (for amphibious operations); aural protectors (plugs/ muffs); and electricians' rubber insulation blanket.

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