Stolen Valour

Stolen Valour

Surname: Bettison
Christian Names: Luke Kevin
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: .
Service #: Nil
Service: No Military Service
Branch: Nil
Commencement of service: N/A
Completion of service: N/A
Case Notes:

 

Luke Kevin Bettison is a current member of the New South Wales Police Force and is stationed in Sydney. He has recently been promoted to Sergeant from his former rank of Leading Senior Constable.

Bettison performs duty at NSW Police funerals and at other NSW Police ceremonial occasions as a Protocol Officer when required.

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The above photographs depict Bettison performing the duty of a Protocol Officer at a Police funeral in 2018.

He wears the following medals.

1. Afghanistan Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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2. Iraq Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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3. Australian Defence Medal. Not entitled. Purchased.
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You will notice that Bettison is not wearing the Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with two clasps. Iraq and ICAT (ICAT - International Coalition Against Terror) The AASM is a pre-requisite for the wearing of Australian Active Service campaign medals and ribands. If genuine, Bettison would be wearing the AASM as the first medal on his rack, followed by the three purchased medals he displays. An example of the AASM, with a clasp, appears below.

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Bettison has claimed that he served in the Royal Australian Navy for 10 years on HMAS Tobruk and was awarded medals for Iraq and Afghanistan deployments. Tobruk did not deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan during its entire service, whilst commissioned in the Royal Australian Navy.. Tobruk's Battle Honours include East Timor only.

Inquiries with relative Military Associations concluded that Bettison has never served in the Australia Defence Force, let alone having deployed on active service to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is not entitled to any of the three medals that he wears.

As a Protocol Officer in the NSW Police Force, he sets a very bad example by purchasing unearned medals from the internet or Medal Dealers, and fraudulently wearing them on his Police uniform at ceremonial occasions. He lacks credibility and integrity.

Bettison was contacted on two occasions, and offered an opportunity to explain his wearing of Australian Military Awards on his NSW Police uniform. He declined to respond on both occasions.

Bettison has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Section 80A -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A
Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and
(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain.

and 80B -;

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B
Improper use of service decorations
(1) A person commits an offence if:
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

However, we are aware that the NSW Police Force is reluctant to pursue these matters through the Courts for some reason. Other States take action where appropriate. Bettison’s recruitment application should be checked to ascertain if any other offences have been committed, prior to his acceptance for service in the NSW Police.

Bettison joins other NSW Police Force colleagues on this website, who have also fraudulently worn un-entitled Australian Military Awards on their Police uniforms..

See -;

anzmi.net/Darrin Hooper - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/valour-thieves/741
anzmi.net/Darryl Kennedy - http://www.anzmi.net/index.php/cheats-thieves/medal-cheats/722-kennedy-1

Surname: Randazzo
Christian Names: Donato
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: North Perth
Service: None
Case Notes:

 

Donato Randazzo is 48 years old and has spent many years claiming to be a "veteran" of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). His claims are all fanciful lies.

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Notice the "rakish" angle of his SASR Beret. Only a fraud would wear the coveted Sandy Beret in the fashion of a "spiv", (a man, typically a flashy dresser, who lives a disreputable life).

In addition to his "rakish" beret, he also sports an impressive tattoo on his chest.

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Randazzo commissioned the tattoo at a local tattoo shop and during the procedure extolled his extensive SASR service to the tattooist. The tattoo is very well executed by an artist and it is fair to say that Randazzo is also an artist, but one of the bovine excreta genre.

We hold Statutory Declarations from people he has directly told, that he is an SASR Veteran.

He was contacted by a researcher by phone on 18 Jan 19 and asked about his SASR service he said:

He had never claimed to be an SASR Veteran.
Had never worn and SASR beret
Does have an SASR tattoo on his chest because of an ex SASR friend.

The tattoo artist has advised that the person in the SASR beret is the person who received the tattoo and discussed his overseas deployments with SASR.

SASR is an elite Australian Army unit manned by people of exceptional talent who have given hard service to Australia. Having been selected to serve with SASR is a great honour that must not be usurped by frauds like Randazzo.

He is the epitome of why we do our work and we are very happy to welcome him to the ANZMI Regiment where it takes exceptional dishonour and lies to become accepted.

 

Surname: Hodge
Christian Names: Damien Richard
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: 8288664
Service: Army
Branch: Infantry (Royal Australian Regiment)
Commencement of service: 21.07.1997
Completion of service: 08.10.1998
Case Notes:

 

Damien Richard Hodge, born 7/7/1973, is a valour thief and a fraud. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army and stayed for 15 months, before it all became too much for him, or perhaps, too much for the Army. He did not deploy overseas.

Not everyone is suited to the rigours of military life and ANZMI understand that some people just cannot adapt. That is how it has always been and how it will always be. However, when they blatantly embellish their basic service and claim medals and awards that they are not entitled to, ANZMI will feature them on this website.

Hodge, now 45 years of age enlisted in the ARA in July, 1997. His service terminated in October, 1998.

 

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In the above photograph, Hodge is wearing the following ribands on the left side of his motor cycle jacket.

The riband bar is upside down.

  1. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM) No entitlement
  2. International Force East Timor Medal. (INTERFET) No entitlement.
  3. Australian Active Service Medal. (AASM) No entitlement.

Above the ribands, he wears the Australian Army Rising Sun badge.

On the right side of his jacket he wears the following badges,

  1. Royal Australian Regiment Infantry cloth badge.
  2. A cloth badge denoting the chevrons of an Army Corporal or Lance Corporal. No entitlement.
  3. The 3 RAR parachute badge. No entitlement.

Hodge, not being the recipient of any medals or awards, would have no idea that he was wearing the riband bar upside down. The ribands should be in reverse order if genuine.

 

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The above photograph depicts the ribands and medals that Hodge falsely claims, in the correct order.

Hodge joined a veterans motor cycle club in Queensland where he told false stories of his military service.   Things just did not add up. He was reported to ANZMI by genuine veteran club members, who provide a brotherhood environment for current and former serving Australian Defence Force members.

Welcome to the website, Damien Richard Hodge.

Surname: Hooper
Christian Names: Darrin
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Recruit
Branch: Recruit Traning
Case Notes:

 

New South Wales (NSW) Police Acting Sergeant Darrin Hooper has found fame and infamy on an official Police reality show where the great work of Highway Patrol Police was demonstrated.

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Hooper wears Defence Force awards on his Police uniform. They are:

Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) - Not entitled
Australian Service Medal (ASM) - Not entitled
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal (TLSM) - Not entitled

The awards are incongruous, as it is not possible to receive an ICB unless you have been awarded an Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) for active service in war zones.

The two medals and the ICB Hooper wears, infer service in East Timor as part of an Infantry unit in an operational area.



Here is the ICB and its criterion

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We are reliably advised that before Hooper became a NSW Police Officer he did serve in the Australian Army for a few weeks, but was discharged before he had completed basic training. He has never been deployed overseas with the Australian Defence Force.

The most potent medals cheat detector, is the combination of the media, and the veteran community. Medals cheats relish publicity and the veteran community can easily identify cheats like Hooper when they wear the wrong combination of medals.

Hooper has committed offences against the Defence Act 1903 Part VII, Sections .

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier.
80B. Improper use of service decorations.

Both these offences have a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine or six months imprisonment or both.

There are no grey areas in medals protocol. All is defined in official publications emanating from the Office of the Governor General of Australia.
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Being awarded the ICB is a prestigious and hard earned distinction for a Serviceman. Hooper has falsely worn the ICB and two false medals indicating active service.

For his lapse of judgement he has been awarded a place on this website as a cheat.

Surname: Wade
Christian Names: Robin Cardwell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Kalgoorlie
Service #: 57998
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Branch: Qualfied Clearance Diver from 22 July 1961
Commencement of service: 08.05.1961
Completion of service: 02.11.1964
Case Notes:

 

"Petty Officer" Robin Cardwell Wade is the Officer in Charge of a Navy Cadet unit in Kalgoorlie WA.

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Notice Wade is wearing a "hotch potch" of medals on his left breast, which he purports were issued to him for his Navy service. On his right breast he wears three other medals, that perhaps belonged to a deceased relative. Wearing relatives medals whilst in a Navy uniform is not appropriate.

Australian Service Medal (ASM) - May be entitled
Australian Defence Medal (ADM) - Entitlement unknown
Australian Service Medal (ASM) worn backwards - Not entitled
Unknown Medal - Not entitled to wear on left breast.

Wade may have earned the ASM for service in Papua New Guinea when he served aboard Survey Ship HMAS Paluma between 4 November 1963 an 6 January 1964. Ship's documents show he was admitted to Port Moresby Hospital for three days between 31 December 1963 and 2 January 1962.

In the Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper, dated 23 October 2018 he gave the following quotes

"He said he was just one example of never seen seawater until he joined the Royal Australian Navy aged 20.

PO Wade said he served in the navy as an able seamen clearance diver, which included time in the Vietnam War combat operations area."


Wade joined the Navy aged 25years not 20 years and lived only 176 kms from the sea in Lancaster, Victoria.

Wade never served in "Vietnam combat operations area". He visited Saigon, Vietnam in January 1962 aboard HMAS Quickmatch on a goodwill visit before the war started, and he was not a Clearance Diver until 22 July 1963.

Wade enlisted into the RAN on 8 May 1961 and spent 3 years and six months as an Able Seaman until he was discharged on 2 November 1964.

Robin Wade is not a fit and proper person to be held as a role model to aspiring Naval Cadets.

For his inappropriate array of medals and his false claims of being a Clearance Diver on combat operations in Vietnam, we welcome him to this website. He has been given a berth as a less than venerable guest aboard HMAS ANZMI.

Surname: Fleming
Christian Names: Andrew
Country: Australia
State or Province: VIC
City or Town: Echuca
Service #: R134401
Service: R
Commencement of service: 30 Mar 83
Completion of service: 30 Aug 09
Case Notes:

 

 

 

Andrew Fleming is a well known identity around Echuca and Beechworth in Victoria. He separated from the Royal Australian Navy in March, 2004 after 21 years. He then transferred to the RAN Reserves and served in that capacity until August, 2009.

Since his discharge in 2009, he has attended the Echuca RSL and the Beechworth RSL on Anzac Days and other commemoration days dressed in his former Royal Australian Navy Uniform with medals.

He is a former President of the Echuca RSL Sub Branch.

Below is a photograph of Fleming leading the Echuca Anzac Day march recently.
Marching behind him and in front of genuine returned Vietnam veterans, are two uniformed Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) imposters Jan Bier and Michael Woolard. Bier is also a local Echuca resident. Both these imposters appear separately on Anzmi.

 

In the above photographs, Fleming is wearing the following medals.

1. Australian Active Service Medal, (AASM) two clasps. First clasp East Timor. Second clasp unknown.
2. Australian Service Medal, (ASM) Clasp Kuwait.
3. Australian Operational Service Medal. Border Protection. (AOSM)
4. Defence Force Service Medal. (DFSM)
5. Australian Defence Medal. (ADM)
6. United Nations Transitional Administration – East Timor. - UNTAET.

On the right side, Fleming is wearing the Navy “Individual Readiness Notification Badge”. (IRN) This is the Navy equivalent of the Army AIRN badge. (Army Individual Readiness Notification Badge)

“These badges are worn on the right breast and indicate that the individual is currently ready and able to be deployed overseas on operations in his/her normal posting.”

The above photograph was taken at the Beechworth RSL Sub Branch, Victoria, on
Anzac Day 2015. Fleming had discharged from the Royal Australian Navy Reserves in August, 2009. He still wears his uniform with rank and badges as if he is a current member of the Navy. There is no possible way that Fleming is entitled to wear the Individual Readiness Notification Badge. (IRN) He would be out of date on medical, physical training, etc. He is purporting to be a fully ready sea going sailor, when he had discharged some five years beforehand.


Fleming wears at least two medal awards that he is not entitled to. The second unknown operational clasp on his AASM has not been awarded. He would be entitled to the East Timor clasp but this is the only active service area he deployed to in his Navy Service.

The second non entitled award is the UNTAET medal, the last medal on his rack.

We have received notification from former crewmates of Fleming that he is not entitled to wear the UNTAET medal as he did not fulfil the required deployment time for this medal. We were informed that Fleming flew out of the qualifying area of East Timor well short of the 90 consecutive service days that he was required to complete for this award.

We were also told of Fleming’s boasts of how easy it was to “beat the system” as far as qualifying for Military Medals is concerned.

The below mentioned photograph depicts the UNTAET medal.

The UNTAET medal was issued for 90 days service in the qualifying area (East Timor) between 20 February, 2000 and the 19 May, 2002.

The criteria for this medal is as follows -;

UNAMET/UNTAET medal was established on 9 December 1999. The ribbon has two outer bands of UN blue, representing the UN presence in East Timor. Inside the two bands, there are two equal bars - closest to the blue, the bar is crimson, with the bar closest to the centre being sunrise yellow. These colours represent the brilliant and spectacular sunrises and sunsets experienced in East Timor. The centre of the ribbon is a band of white, traditionally the colour of peace and hope, the goal this Mission seeks to achieve.

Qualifying time of service for the reception of UNAMET/UNTAET medal is 90 days.

Every Defence Force member who served in East Timor or East Timor waters at the relevant time of qualifying for this medal knows that the time prescribed is 90 days.

We contacted former RAN Petty Officer Naval Police Officer/Coxswain Fleming and invited him respond to reports from his fellow colleagues that he was not entitled to this award.

Fleming stated that he was posted to the HMAS Wewak and had deployments to Operation Tanager that satisfied the criteria for the awarding of the medal. He was in no doubt.

Fleming then sent documentation from the Australian Government Honours and Awards Department confirming that he had been awarded the 6 medals and one clasp mentioned above, in particular, the UNTAET medal. A problem for Fleming though, is that he wears two clasps on the AASM for operational service and the document he sent to us clearly states that he has only been awarded one, East Timor.

Another document he sent to us was a copy of a dispatch dated the 28 May, 2001, (List 19) from Australian Defence Headquarters (ADHQ) to all ratings who served on the HMAS Wewak in the relevant period noting their UNTAET entitlement. The name of R134401 PONPC. A.A. Fleming appears on this document.

However, in this document, it is also made clear to all recipients that -;

"Requests concerning the issue and eligibility of awards should be directed to the Australian National Command Element. – East Timor. Not DHA. Before enquiring about eligibility, personnel should note that to qualify for the UNTAET medal they had to serve with the UN or on Operation Tanager for 90 consecutive days. Service with INTERFET and deployments of less than 90 days with the UN do not qualify for the UNTAET medal".

This document goes further and states that the 90 days must be consecutive days.

A copy of this dispatch was sent to all crew members of the HMAS Wewak who the United Nations issuing body had been notified of their eligibility.

Inquiries with his colleagues revealed that PONPC Andrew Fleming was posted to the HMAS Wewak on the 14 February, 2000. The HMAS Wewak was a Landing Craft Heavy vessel. (LCH) and had a crew of thirteen personnel.

Between the 14 February, 2000 and the 29 October, 2000, Fleming served on the HMAS Wewak in East Timor waters on two occasions to qualify for Operation Tanager service during this time. We have been advised that he served for 29 days on the Ship from the Mid July to Mid August, 2000 and for 31 days from Mid September to Mid October 2000. All up a total of 60 days and not consecutive days as required, and not 90 days as required.

Operation Tanager was conducted between the dates of the 20 February, 2000 and the 19 May, 2002. It was concerned with the provision of Australian forces in support of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) until Independence day in May 2002.

Now to the reader out there, this may seem trivial and unworthy of Fleming appearing on this site.

However, as we continued to research his claims to this award we were contacted by former colleagues who provided evidence that Fleming, prior to leaving the ship in October, 2000, had arranged for a false entry to be made on his PM Keys records (personnel records) by a close mate after he transferred off the ship and flew out of East Timor, that would add to his qualifying time for the UNTAET award.

It was discovered that a false entry was indeed made by a senior rating who had access to the Ships Operations Log functions, that indicates and confirms that he was again deployed for a third time to the HMAS Wewak on the 22 January, 2001 to the 4 February, 2001, where he accumulated a further thirteen days for Operation Tanager qualifying service.

This information had obviously been confirmed by signal from the HMAS Wewak to the Department of the Navy Office “by his mate”, who had access to PM keys data entry and who had been posted onto the ship at that time.

This false advice was then recorded on Fleming’s PM keys record, which would normally be automatically downloaded and subsequently sent to the appropriate Department for Fleming's records to be noted, the United Nations Administrative Department notified, and a UNTAET medal issued upon request. There would be no further checks. It was all there on his PM Keys record. Easy.

The United Nations (UN) Administrative body would rely on information provided to them by the Royal Australian Navy and/or the Department of Defence. The UN would have no reason to doubt advice provided to them from the RAN in regards to sailors entitlements and qualifying periods of service.

The problem for Fleming though, is that at the identical time of his alleged third deployment to HMAS Wewak on Operation Tanager in January, 2001 to February, 2001 , he had already been transferred off the ship since October 2000 and was subsequently posted to HMAS Cerberus, a Shore Base Establishment in Melbourne, Victoria, where he had reported medical problems of being “sick -injured.”

Our informants advised us that he remained at HMAS Cerberus from 15 January 2001 to 17 April 2001. This includes the time he was supposed to be serving on the HMAS Wewak on Operation Tanager in East Timor for his alleged third deployment.

So here we have one version stating that he was on operational service in East Timor accumulating days for a UNTAET medal and at the same time he is on “Medical –sick-injured” duties at HMAS Cerberus, in Melbourne, Victoria.

When we first contacted Fleming he was in no doubt that he qualified for all his awards and he confidently referred us to Honours and Awards for any further inquiries and documentary proof.

We then advised Fleming that we thought that his UNTAET award was fraudulently obtained and that we would be notifying the relevant Government authorities.

Within a few days of this e mail being sent, all photographs of himself wearing a Naval uniform, medals, rank and IRN badge on his Face Book site and the Beechworth RSL Sub Branch website were removed.

Coincidentally, also within a few days of this E mail being sent, a close friend of Flemings, who relieved him on the HMAS Wewak, resigned from his position as President of a Victorian RSL Sub Branch for personal reasons due to his intentions of extensive travel in Asia and Europe. We will not divulge his name here.

In addition to wearing the UNTAET medal fraudulently, Fleming also wears a second unknown operational clasp on the AASM. His only operational service is East Timor for 60 days aggregate on Operation Tanager. For this he was awarded the AASM and East Timor Clasp. He had service in Kuwait, but this was a prescribed "non war like area" at the time he served. For this he was awarded the Australian Service Medal (ASM) with clasp Kuwait.

Below is a photograph clearly depicting Fleming in his Navy uniform wearing the second unknown and unawarded operational clasp on his AASM. (First medal).

We have also been informed by his colleagues that he claims that he was involved in a “fire fight” whilst he was in Kuwait. Fleming however, is the only person who can remember this “fire fight” and his colleagues have no recollection of it.

In 2001, Fleming was a Petty Officer, Naval Police, in the Royal Australian Navy when he was charged with a number of fraud related offences. He appeared before a Court Martial, was convicted and demoted to the rank of Leading Seaman. He lost 10 years in seniority. Strangely though, he was subsequently promoted to Petty Officer again sometime later in the same Branch as a Naval Police Officer/Coxswain.

Although Fleming has removed all photographs of himself in uniform with medals from the internet, we did save some photographs to remind him of his unlawful behaviour in claiming at least one medal and one clasp fraudulently that he well knows he has no entitlement to.

Fleming can produce as many documents as he likes confirming his UNTAET Medal award. However, he cannot produce evidence that he served for a 90 day consecutive period to earn it. Something is amiss.

When requested, he also could not provide any evidence for the award of the second operational clasp that is affixed to his Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) as shown in the photographs.

The RAN and Honours and Awards might like to investigate the claims Fleming makes about his other medals including the Australian Operational Service Medal (AOSM).

Both the "Falsification of a Government Record" and "False data entry", are criminal offences under the Criminal Code Act 1985. There is no statute barred time limitation.

We recently contacted Fleming's Commanding Officer on the HMAS Wewak, Lieutenant Commander Scott Martinsen who resides in Queensland. Mr Martinsen replied,

Scott Martinsen 9.15am.

In response to your above request, Mr.Martinsen is not interested in discussing his career in the RAN, and in particular, the role he played as Commanding Officer, HMAS Wewak during Operation Tanager, now or in the future. We wish you all the best for your future research.

Cheers,

Fishsakara Team

We are not suggesting that former Lieutenant Commander Scott Martinsen has done anything wrong, however, we are disappointed that he declined to assist us in regards to circumstances and clarification of the UNTAET medal awarded to himself and his crew, in particular, former Petty Officer and Naval Police Officer/Coxswain Andrew Fleming.

Although this incident occurred some time ago, the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Defence should investigate this serious matter and take stern action to ensure that similar fraudulent entries relating to PM Keys entries and corresponding medal entitlements was/is not a common occurrence, particularly on the HMAS Wewak during Operation Tanager from 20 February, 2000 to the 19 May, 2002.

It would not be difficult for a Royal Australian Navy investigator to identify the senior rating responsible for initiating the false entry on Fleming's PM Keys record and instigating appropriate action against both of them.

Also if other HMAS Wewak crew members were complicit in identical circumstances and awarded themselves UNTAET medals when the 90 consecutive day requirement for Operation Tanager was not fulfilled.

We have the former senior rating's name and current address who we believe made the false entry regarding Fleming's alleged service and we look forward to an RAN Investigator contacting us. We also have a list of the names of HMAS Wewak crew members awarded the UNTAET medal.

An update on this matter will be provided when appropriate.

Two other high ranking Naval Police Officers also appear on this site for wearing unawarded medals on their Naval Uniforms. -;

Current Warrant Officer Peter John Ritchie

Former Petty Officer/Coxswain Christopher Ross Petersen.

All information published on this site is corroborated by photographs and other documentation.

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