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RAAF marks 90th birthday with commemorative service

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 31, 2011
The Air Force Division of Australia's Federation Guard prepare to raise the RAAF ensign up the 'Canadian Flagpole' on Canberra's Regatta Point as part of RAAF 90th anniversary celebrations.

The RAAF has marked its 90th birthday on March 31 with a commemorative service in Canberra which saw the addition of Battle Honours to the RAAF Memorial.

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin said it was important to remember those who had given their lives in RAAF service and recognise their achievements. “Air Force has built some strong traditions over the past 90 years, and I am confident that the people of Air Force will continue to innovate, and embrace emerging technology and capability, to retain our reputation as the ‘best small Air Force in the world,” AIRMSHL Binskin said.

Battle Honours unveiled at the RAAF Memorial on Canberra’s ANZAC Parade were for campaigns in the Philippines (1944), Malaya (1948-60), Thai-Malay (1960-66), Malaysia (Confrontation 1962-66), Ubon in Thailand (1962-66), East Timor (1999-2000) and Iraq 2003.

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