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THE HON. JOEL FITZGIBBON MP Minister for Defence

www.defence.gov.au

Monday, 27 October 2008 145/2008

NEW SPECIAL OPERATIONS VEHICLES DELIVERED

While visiting the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) at Campbell Barracks in Western Australia, the Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, has inspected the first Nary Special Operations Vehicles (SOVs) to be delivered to the ADF.

The new vehicles will be utilised by Australia’s Special Forces, and were delivered by the Defence Materiel Organisation under Project Redfin. This project will enhance the ADF Special Operations capability, and will introduce a range of combat and support vehicles.

“As part of Project Redfin, the Long Range Patrol Vehicle currently used by Australia’s Special Forces will be replaced with a new Special Operations Vehicle,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Special Operations Vehicle has been named the ‘Nary’, in honour of Warrant Officer Class Two David Nary. Warrant Officer Nary was an Australian Special Forces soldier who died during a training operation in the Middle East in 2005.

“As a key exponent and developer of the Long Range Patrol Vehicle capability, naming this vehicle after Warrant Officer Nary is a fitting honour,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Nary Special Operations Vehicles are being procured from Supacat Limited, a UK-based company.

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