Austin

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Austin
Christian Names: Darren
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Gladstone
Service #: Not Known
Service: Claims Navy
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: Claims 1989
Completion of service: Claims 1991
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Darrin Austin of Gladstone is a liar.  He claims to have served with the RAN as an elite Navy Clearance Diver in the First Gulf War which occurred between 2 August 1990 and 28 February 1991.

He was recently interviewed by a Gladstone newspaper about a court case he was involved in.  Here is what he said about his Navy Service.

We phoned Austin and spoke directly to him.  He said:

"He joined the Navy in 1989 and was discharged in 1991 and served in the Gulf War aboard HMAS Sydney and was a Clearance Diver Team 4". 

In the RAN Clearance Divers are an elite section, and equal to the Army Special Air Service (SASR). Here is what a "kitted out" Clearance Diver would look like:

He further said:

"Since the newspaper article about his PTSD the Navy contacted him and are flying him down to HMAS Cerberus  in Victoria to see a Psychiatrist"

Australian Veterans know that the RAN does not contact discharged sailors and offer to fly them to a Navy Base for psychiatric assistance.  His lies have exceeded his knowledge of how the Department of Veterans Affairs work.

We were unable to locate evidence that Austin has served in the RAN.  He is not listed on the Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Nominal Roll and we are advised by the RAN Clearance Divers Association that he has never been a Clearance Diver in the Australian Navy.

Austinalso said in the newspaper article:

Austin may claim a Saintly demeanour, however he is a liar about his Navy service and that usually indicates that he is a liar about other matters.  Despite what he says he is involved in criminal matters, because  falsely claiming to be a returned veteran is an offence against the Defence Act 1903 with a penalty of $3,300 or six months imprisonment or both.

We are reliably advised by a person with knowledge of Austin, that he is a constant liar and from the evidence that we have produced that description fits well.

We are not sure whether Austin has served in the RAN for a short period but we are sure that he never served in the First Gulf War and we are sure that he was never an elite Navy Clearance Diver.

Contrary to what Austin says, he is a dishonourable man and a constant liar.

We welcome him to our web site where he can sail on the good ship ANZMI to his hearts content.

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