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July 21, 2011
Commando comes home
JOURNEY’S OVER: Sergeants from 2 Commando
Regiment (above) carry the casket of SGT Todd Langley
(inset) to his waiting family at a ramp ceremony at RAAF
Photo: CPL Rachel Ingram
AUSTRALIA’s latest casualty from the conflict
in Afghanistan has returned home.
SGT Todd Langley from 2 Commando
Regiment was killed in action on July 4 and his
funeral was held at Sutherland in Sydney on
July 15. He is the 28th
Australian soldier killed
On July 8, his journey home started at the
Special Operations Task Group at Tarin Kot
with the traditional memorial service, where
his life was honoured by colleagues from the
regiment, the Special Air Service Regiment,
the Incident Response Regiment, other ADF
representatives and members from Coalition
At the service, members of his platoon
spoke of his exceptional skills as a soldier and
his dedication to his family and friends.
Acting commander of Australia’s military
contribution to the International Security
Assistance Force in Afghanistan, AIRCDRE
John Oddie, said SGT Langley’s bravery and
unwavering dedication would remain an inspi-
ration to all members of the ADF.
“Todd will now occupy a special part in our
nation’s history. The years will come to pass,
but one thing is for certain, he will never be
forgotten,” AIRCDRE Oddie said.
On July 11 at RAAF Base Richmond, SGT
Langley was welcomed home with another
ramp ceremony attended by CDF GEN David
Hurley, CA LTGEN David Morrison and
Special Operations Commander Australia
MAJGEN Gus Gilmore.
The United States has posthumously
awarded SGT Langley the Meritorious
Service Medal, for heroic or meritorious ser-
vice in connection with military operations
against an armed enemy.
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
THE West Australian Navy community came
together on July 13 to dig a little bit of history out
of the ground at HMAS Stirling.
As the Navy celebrated 100 years of service under
the Royal prefix on July 10, it was a timely opportunity
to raise a time capsule from the Navy’s 75th anniver-
With the assistance of Rockingham Mayor Barry
Sammels, CO HMAS Stirling CAPT Brett Wolski
raised and opened the capsule from 1986.
The event was attended by Stirling ship’s company
and members of the Rockingham community.
CAPT Brett Wolski said it was important to cel-
ebrate these milestones.
“Today is all about recognising how far the Royal
Australian Navy has come since 1911, but also looking
to the future and Stirling’s role in that future. These are
definitely exciting times to be in Navy,” he said.
The capsule comprising a hollow five inch shell
with various items enclosed was laid to rest in a vault
located at the rear of the Quarterdeck onboard Stirling.
The capsule holds HMAS Stirling memorabilia
from 1986, including photographs and a letter from
then Commanding Officer addressed to the 2011
A new time capsule was prepared with memorabilia
of HMAS Stirling as it is today.
Items enclosed include photographs taken this year,
current uniform styles, newspaper clippings of the
Navy, as well as a letter addressed to the Commanding
Officer in 2036.
This capsule will be encased in the same vault to be
opened on the RAN’s 125th Anniversary.
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