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We’re expanding south!

Gongs is opening south of the river in Perth! WEF 1 September you’ll find us at the Stargate Complex Kelmscott. Where? Shop 2B, it’s out the back opposite Fancote Park at 2756 Albany Highway, KELMSCOTT WA 6111. Adjacent to Dan Murphy’s on the one side, and Coles on the other, the back car-park in the […]

North Korean delegate signing the Korean Peninsula Armistice Agreement

Korean Veterans’ Day

On 27 July each year, we commemorate Korean Veterans’ Day. This is the anniversary of the day in 1953 when an armistice was signed to end the fighting in Korea. This day is a time for us to remember the almost 18,000 Australians who served in the war, including some 340 who lost their lives.

How do I wear state medals?

Medals and commendations issued by local, regional, state or territory governments are not recognised in The Australian System of Honours and Awards. Honours and awards authorised by the Governor General under the system, are worn on the left breast by the original recipient. Other awards are worn on the right breast.

Digger’s identity and reputation restored

For more than a century, Private Edward Attfield’s family knew Army had it wrong about their ancestor who fought at Gallipoli. He disappeared in mysterious circumstances while on leave in Cairo and was classified as a deserter when he didn’t report for duty.  At the time, authorities never connected the discovery of a murdered digger’s […]

Advancing maritime interoperability

Flying at low level, a No. 11 Squadron P-8A Poseidon hunts a silent simulated target beneath the waters of Guam as part of Exercise Sea Dragon 2022. Operating alongside the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, Canada, and the United States, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) team worked together to advance its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) […]

Troop commander hits the ground running

Army combat engineer Lieutenant Lauren Barclay started 2022 in a new role with a deployment on her first oversees operation. Lieutenant Barclay was hours into her first day as a troop commander at 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment in Brisbane when she had to recall soldiers from leave after the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga. […]

HMAS Hobart home for regatta

Royal Australian Navy guided-missile destroyer HMAS Hobart has provided an impressive backdrop in the Derwent River for the 184th Royal Hobart Regatta from February 12-14.   No stranger to the region, Commanding Officer HMAS Hobart Commander Andrew Pepper said it was an honour to support such a vibrant community event.   “It’s a great feeling sailing home to Tasmania and I […]

Snipers hone their skills

Snipers from 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), started the new year with a week in the Wide Bay training area, near Gympie in Queensland, to true their weapons, bond in their small teams, and maintain the lethal accuracy they are known for.  ‘Truing’ is a highly mathematical process snipers undertake to finely tune […]

A taste of Tonga for the crew

The Government of Tonga has expressed its gratitude for HMAS Adelaide’s delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief stores by sending the ship a giant fresh fruit gift. Adelaide received dozens of bags of coconuts, pineapples, bananas and watermelons after Tonga’s Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni phoned Commanding Officer Captain Stuart Watters to send best wishes and acknowledge the Australian Defence […]

Wearing State & Territory Medals

The start of a new year usually brings lots of questions, and 2022 so far is certainly no exception. We’ve collated the most frequent ones and here’s the biggie. “Where do I wear my state medals?” It all starts in Canberra. The Australian System of Honours and Awards is administered by the Honours Secretariat of […]

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