Australian Defence Force personnel recognised with Bravery Awards

2014-03-25 04:37:06 | Al Muslim News
Australian Defence Force personnel recognised with Bravery Awards

 

The Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley AC, DSC has commended 19 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who were formally recognised today for their bravery and devotion to duty in perilous circumstances. The Governor-General of Australia Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC, CVO awarded a Group Bravery Citation to ADF and Australian and Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) personnel who rescued people from a suspected illegal entry vessel off Christmas Island in 2010 as well as two Australian Army Black Hawk crews who conducted rescue operations during the 2013 Queensland floods. “Members of the Australian Defence Force are known for their professionalism and compassion in times of crisis. Despite the obvious danger, these individuals put the lives of others ahead of their own and I am immensely proud of them for their selfless actions,” General Hurley said. On 15 December 2010, members of the ADF and ACBPS embarked in HMAS Pirie and Australian Customs Vessel (ACV) Triton rescued 41 people from a sinking vessel in the water off Christmas Island. The suspected illegal entry vessel smashed into the rocks in rough seas, throwing approximately 100 people into the water. “Over several hours rescue crews manoeuvred through the wreckage, skirting the cliff face to pull survivors from rough seas. On several occasions rescuers were forced to use their own bodies to stop the survivors being washed back into the water,” General Hurley said. On 28 January 2013, two Black Hawk crews from the 5th Aviation Regiment, Warhorse 104 and Warhorse 214, were conducting evacuation operations in northern Bundaberg. Rescue efforts were hampered by strong winds and power lines, forcing crews to conduct several hazardous high lift hoists. “Over a two hour period Warhorse 204 rescued six people while their comrades in Warhorse 214 winched another five people to safety. Their persistence and determination to get these people to safety is matched only by their skill,” General Hurley said. “These individuals have demonstrated great courage and teamwork in the face of grave danger to save lives. They are a credit to the Australian Defence Force and this nation.”.

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