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 4 RAAF CONTINGENT UBON

Mr Baldwin, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes the efforts of the personnel of the RAAF Contingent Ubon who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War;

(2) acknowledges that these personnel were assigned to provide support operations in Ubon post-June 1965 by the Joint Planning Committee Report 110/1964;

(3) acknowledges this directly affected the Vietnam War in that they provided air and ground defence of the Royal Thai Air Force Base and all assets and installations the United States Air Force (USAF) collocated on the base whilst the USAF 8thTactical Fighter Wing undertook combat operations into North Vietnam and Laos;

(4) acknowledges that the RAAF 79(F) Squadron were on "Alert 5" status and provided CAP operations in Ubon;

(5) acknowledges that whilst the RAAF servicemen were assigned to the command and control of the USAF 7thAir Force in Vietnam, they remained under Australian control; and

(6) recognises the efforts of those who served in Ubon by the way of the award of the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal (VLSM) to be worn by the amendment of the "Area of Operations" for the Vietnam War effort and by the amendment of the regulations governing the issue of the VLSM.

Debate ensued.


The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.