Operation Damask VI 2011 Reunion - 02 April 2011
The HMAS Canberra Operation Damask VI Reunion was held at the Bells Hotel at Woolloomooloo NSW on the 02 April 2011.
The Reunion was attended by 50 personnel and was a resounding success!
The highlight of the evening was the speech given by the Ships former Commanding Officer Rear Admiral Raydon Gates AO, CSM, RANR. Raydon made a special mention of ex ABCK Scott "Scotty" Miles for his efforts in gaining the appropiate recognition for HMAS Canberra Operation DAMASK VI deployment.
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Through Scotty's efforts a review by the Nature of Service Branch determined that service on Operation DAMASK VI during the period 13 January 1993 to 19 January 1993 was inappropriately classified. In June 2009 the Prime Minister, following a recommendation by the CDF, agreed that the Operation DAMASK VI operational area be added to Schedule 2 of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).
The determinations for the AASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ and ASM with Clasp ‘KUWAIT’ have been updated to reflect appropriate recognition for the ship’s company of HMAS CANBERRA engaged on Operation DAMASK VI in January 1993.
In addition Scotty has set up a veteran retreat at LANITZA in NSW, the retreat was named on honour of Operation DAMASK and is called VR DAMASK ...More
Another highlight of the evening was the scerenading of Allison Gates by Brian "Box" Brennan and Phil "Mac" McDonald.
Many thanks to Andrew "Gunna" Rourke who organised the Reunion, members and Family of the crew who assisted and the staff of the Bells Hotel who went above and beyond to make it a great reunion.
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Allison Lost that Loving Feeling
Video of Allison Gates being Serenaded by Brian "Box" Brennan and Phil "Mac" McDonald
The HMAS Canberra Operation Damask VI Reunion was held at the Bells Hotel at Woolloomooloo NSW on the 02 April 2011.The Reunion was attended by 50 personnel and was a resounding success...More