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Army March 3, 2011
SPECIAL Forces soldiers are on track
for a mobility boost after the govern-
ment announced first-pass approval of
phase two of Project Redfin to enhance
special operations vehicle capability.
In a joint statement, Defence
Minister Stephen Smith and Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare said the
project would deliver a modern fleet of
tactical special operations vehicles and
would provide significant improve-
ments to the Special Forces’ networked
“The vehicles will be highly mobile
and able to be transported in a range
of ADF aircraft and ships allowing the
ADF’s Special Forces to maintain its
capability edge,” the statement said.
The phase is cost-capped between
$100 million and $300 million.
New SF vehicles on the way
By Spr Nick Wiseman
RECENT Victoria Cross recipient
Cpl Benjamin Roberts-Smith has
loaned his medal to the Australian
War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra
for future display.
Cpl Roberts-Smith visited the AWM
on February 21 to help unveil the rede-
signed Hall of Valour alongside fellow
VC holders Cpl Mark Donaldson and
He said the Hall of Valour was
inspirational and should be seen by all
“You look up to these people and
see what they’ve done,” he said.
“There is a piece of every major
conflict here and to go through the Hall
of Valour and sequentially read from
the first VC through to Afghanistan,
this allows people to pay respects to
all soldiers and what they’ve done for
As for loaning his VC to the AWM,
Cpl Roberts-Smith said he believed it
belonged to the Australian public.
“As a child I used to love roaming
the AWM and looking at the displays,
especially the VCs, and I think it’s
important that the youth of today get to
Cpl Roberts-Smith is still coming
to terms with his new-found fame and
being recognised on the street. When
asked about his future, he said rumours
he planned to undertake officer training
“That floated recently in the papers,
I don’t even know where that came
from,” Cpl Roberts-Smith said. “I’m
going to keep being a patrol command-
er – it’s the best job in the Army.”
The Hall of Valour honours the
98 Australians who have received the
highest award for bravery in the time
The AWM holds 63 of the 98 VCs
awarded to Australians, including the
two most recently awarded to SASR
members Cpls Donaldson and Roberts-
Smith. It also holds three British med-
als in its collection.
Two platoons from Kapooka in the
middle of their basic training were
surprised when they arrived for their
scheduled historic tour and met the VC
trio at the Hall of Valour.
Rec Joe Dooley said it was great to
read about the soldiers who had served
before him and what they did to earn
“It was inspirational meeting [the
recipients] in person and knowing what
they have done,” Rec Dooley said.
Governor-General of Australia
Quentin Bryce officially opened the
Hall of Valour at an evening function.
Hall of VCs
a must see
Honoured: VC recipients Keith Payne, left, Cpl Mark Donaldson and Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith at the opening
of the redesigned Hall of Valour at the Australian War Memorial.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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