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August 2, 2012
ALL futu re operations will now be
recognised with the new Australian
Operational Service Medal (OSM).
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon and CN
VADM Ray Griggs announced the
new medal on July 19.
The OSM will recognise Defence
personnel who work as part of a
declared operation or within other
specific hazardous environments and
Retrospective recognition from
1997 will be granted for ADF per-
sonnel involved with specific border
The establishment of the medal
will see a shift in how ADF mem-
bers are recognised. The OSM will
replace the Australian Service Medal,
Australian Active Service Medal or
campaign medals in future operations.
VADM Griggs said it was a signif-
icant outcome for thousands of Navy
personnel who have been protecting
Australian sovereignty under hazard-
ous conditions for a nu mber of years.
"Navy men and women have been
exposed to the extremes of weather and
environment, from the deep southern
ocean to the tropical north," he said.
"They have been exposed to the
desperate and the vulnerable, to crim-
inal behaviour, health risks and some-
times ar med opposition.
"This award provides a worthy and
just recognition for all of you and our
Ar my and Air Force colleagues who
have been involved in these often dif-
ficult and hazardous tasks."
Head People Capability MAJGEN
Gerard Fogarty said the new medal
would enable greater recognition of
ADF members who deployed on dif-
"Learning from the past, it seeks
to provide our people with the poten-
tial to attain more visible recogni-
tion through the prospect of attaining
multiple awards of the OSM through
New service medal
The border protection operations the OSM
applies to are: Cranberry, Dirk, Stanhope,
Mistral, Teebone, Celesta, Sutton, Gemsbok,
Relex, Relex II and Resolute.
The basic qualifying criteria for the OSM --
Border Protection require members of the ADF
to have been deployed or force assigned for
duty as such a member of a declared opera-
For not less than an aggregate of 30 days;
Completed 30 sorties from a unit assigned
to a declared operation, provided that those
sorties were conducted over a period of not
less than an aggregate of 30 days at a rate
of one sortie a day.
More detailed criteria are contained in the
Governor-General's Determination dated July
18, 2012. A copy is available at the Defence
Honours and Awards website at www.defence.
deployments to different operations
with unique ribbons," MAJGEN
"Those who undertake additional
periods of qualifying service on the
same operation will, where appropri-
ate, receive an accumulated service
device, in the form of a numeral similar
to those issued by the United Nations."
He said the new award would
"simplify the recognition process and
its supporting administration".
The 2007/08 Defence Honours,
Awards and Commendations Policy
Review recommended the establish-
ment of the OSM.
MAJGEN Fogarty said it was
important to note the new medal had
no bearing on ADF members cur rent-
"They will continue to receive the
same benefits and medals they cur-
rently do," he said.
Separate recognition for Defence
civilians will now be available
through a civilian variant of the new
medal, which will be available to
those who are employed as part of a
declared operation under the Defence
Force Discipline Act 1982.
Eligible civilian personnel will
receive a medal of the same design
but will receive a u nique civilian ser-
vice ribbon to differentiate it from the
The Directorate of Honours and
Awards has requested that ADF
personnel or Defence civilians who
believe they might be eligible for the
medal not apply for recognition u ntil
eligibility criteria and administrative
processes are finalised.
Further information will be pro-
vided as soon as it becomes available.
For updates on the OSM visit the Defence
Honours and Awards website at www.
WORTHY RECOGNITION: CN VADM Ray Griggs addresses Navy personnel as the release of the new Australian Operational Service Medal is
announced at HMAS Coonawarra.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
A GROUND-BREAKING wave energy
project will be established at HMAS
Stirling at Garden Island after an agree-
m ent signed between Defence and
Carnegie Wave Energy.
The project will provide Stirling with
up to 1.25 megawatts of green power
per day, saving an estimated 2.6 million
kilograms of carbon emissions during
the next five years.
Construction is forecast to start at the
end of this year, with wave-driven power
expected to be supplied before the end
The facility will consist of an array
of submerged units, subsea pipelines to
shore, hydraulic conditioning equipment
and an onshore power generation facility
that also offers the potential for expan-
sion to produce 5 megawatts of power
The Federal Government announced
it will invest $9.9m towards the pro-
ject, under the Emerging Renewable
Program, designed to support the devel-
opment of commercial renewable energy
Defence Minister Stephen Smith said
the agreement was an important step for
"As ou r nation moves to a clean
energy future, clean energy projects like
this one are expected to bring jobs and
investment to Australia," Mr Smith said.
"With the clean technology industry
gathering pace globally, it's important that
Australian businesses are positioned to
take advantage of the surge in investment."
After a for mal site selection process,
a suitable site in an abandoned quarry
adjacent to the helicopter support facil-
ity on Garden Island was agreed.
Wave energy powers
the way forward
NEW TECHNOLOGY: The new wave energy project will be housed adjacent
to the helicopter support facility on Garden Island. Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
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