Meritorious Unit Citation

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For the United States award, see Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Meritorious Unit Citation
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Left: insignia worn if a member of the unit when earned
Right: insignia worn if joined after
Awarded by Australia
Type Unit Citation
Eligibility Australian military units
Awarded for sustained outstanding service in warlike operations
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 15 January 1991
First awarded 4 November 1991
Last awarded 2014 Australia Day Honours
Total awarded 22
Distinct
recipients
See Recipients section below
Related Commendation for Distinguished Service
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The Meritorious Unit Citation is a collective group decoration awarded to members of Australian military units. It recognises sustained outstanding service in warlike operations. The Meritorious Unit Citation was created in 1991, along with the Unit Citation for Gallantry.

Description[edit]

The insignia of a Meritorious Unit Citation is a rhodium plated sterling silver frame measuring 32 by 15 millimetres (1.26 in × 0.59 in), with a design of flames emanating from the edge to the centre. The frame surrounds a ribbon bar of old gold, which may display a rhodium plated, 7-millimetre (0.28 in) diameter, sterling silver Federation Star on its centre.

Members attached to the unit when the citation is awarded wear it with the Federation Star, and continue to wear this after leaving the unit. Members who subsequently join the unit wear the citation without the Federation Star, and discontinue wearing it after leaving the unit.

Recipients[edit]

  • HMAS Brisbane – 4 November 1991
    • For meritorious operational service in the Persian Gulf during enforcement of sanctions in support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the subsequent period of hostilities against Iraq to liberate Kuwait in 1990-91.[1]
  • HMAS Sydney – 4 November 1991
    • For meritorious operational service in the Persian Gulf during enforcement of sanctions in support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the subsequent period of hostilities against Iraq to liberate Kuwait in 1990-91.[2]
  • Clearance Diving Team 3 – 4 November 1991
    • For meritorious service in clearing Kuwaiti ports of mines, explosive devices and ordinance during the period 27 January to 11 May 1991.[3]
  • 3 Squadron, SASR – 25 March 2000
  • No. 2 Airfield Defence Squadron – 25 March 2000
  • Task Group 645.1.1 – 25 March 2000
  • 10th Force Support Battalion – 26 January 2002
    • For sustained outstanding service in the provision of logistic support to warlike operations in East Timor.[7]
  • No. 84 Wing Detachment Manas – 29 September 2002
    • For outstanding service during warlike operations over the Afghanistan area of operation from March to September 2002 during Operation Slipper.[8]
  • No. 3 Squadron RNZAF – 15 November 2002
    • For sustained outstanding service in the support of the peacekeeping operations whilst deployed in East Timor.[9]
  • SASR – 19 December 2002
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike operations in Afghanistan in support of the International Coalition against Terrorism.[10]
  • HMAS Anzac – 27 November 2003
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike operations in the Middle East Area of Operations between February and May 2003 whilst deployed on Operation Falconer.[11]
  • HMAS Kanimbla – 27 November 2003
    • For meritorious service in warlike operations in the war against weapons of mass destruction, Iraq, during Operation Bastille and Operation Falconer between February and May 2003.[12]
  • Clearance Diving Team 3 – 27 November 2003
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike conditions during Operation Bastille and Operation Falconer against Iraq between February and May 2003.[13]
  • No. 75 Squadron – 27 November 2003
    • For sustained outstanding service during warlike operations, in the Middle East Area of operations, over Iraq during Operation Falconer.[14]
  • No. 1 Combat Communications Squadron – 27 November 2003
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike operations in providing expeditionary communication and information systems support during Operations Bastille and Operation Falconer.[15]
  • Task Group 633.4.2 – 14 September 2004
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike operations in providing air traffic control at Baghdad International Airport during Operation Falconer and Operation Catalyst.[16]
  • Australian Medical Detachment (Balad) – 12 June 2006
    • For meritorious service and outstanding professional competency in the provision of health care in support of the United States Air Force Theatre Hospital, Balad, Iraq during Operation Catalyst between 4 May 2005 and 28 September 2005.[17]
  • HMAS Parramatta – 26 January 2007
    • For meritorious operational service in the Northern Arabian Gulf during Operation Catalyst from 1 November 2005 to 25 March 2006 while conducting maritime security operations in support of the Australian Government's contribution to the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Iraq.[18]
  • Australian Medical Detachment (Balad) – 26 January 2007
    • For sustained outstanding service and professional competency in the provision of health care in support of the United States Air Force Theatre Hospital, Balad, Iraq during Operation Catalyst from 1 September 2004 to 3 May 2005 inclusive and from 29 September 2005 to 31 December 2005 inclusive.[19]
  • 5th Aviation Regiment – 27 November 2007
    • For sustained meritorious service during warlike and peace support missions in support of Operation Warden, Operation Tanager and Operation Slipper.[20]
  • Mentoring Task Force-1 – 13 June 2011
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike operations on Operation Slipper in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, between 20 January and 30 October 2010.[21]
  • Force Communications Unit, Australian Defence Force – 26 January 2014
    • For sustained outstanding service in warlike operations through the provision of communications support to the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia from 15 March 1992 to 7 October 1993. [22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MUC – HMAS Brisbane". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 4 November 1991. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  2. ^ "MUC – HMAS Sydney". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 4 November 1991. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  3. ^ "MUC – CDT 3". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 4 November 1991. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  4. ^ "MUC – 3SQN SASR". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 25 March 2000. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  5. ^ "MUC – 2AFDS". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 25 March 2000. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  6. ^ "MUC – TG645.1.1". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 25 March 2000. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  7. ^ "MUC – 10FSB". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2002. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  8. ^ "MUC – 84WG Det". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 29 September 2002. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  9. ^ "MUC – 3SQN RNZAF". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 15 November 2002. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  10. ^ "MUC – SASR". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 19 December 2002. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  11. ^ "MUC – HMAS Anzac". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  12. ^ "MUC – HMAS Kanimbla". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  13. ^ "MUC – CDT 3". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  14. ^ "MUC – 75SQN". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  15. ^ "MUC – 1CCS". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  16. ^ "MUC – TG633.4.2". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 14 September 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  17. ^ "MUC – Med Det Balad". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  18. ^ "MUC – HMAS Parramatta". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  19. ^ "MUC – Med Det Balad". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  20. ^ "MUC – 5Avn". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  21. ^ "MUC – 1MTF". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
    "MUC – 1MTF: Full citation text". Australian Government. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-13. "The 1st Mentoring Task Force contributed markedly to improved security and development through its partnering with the 4th Brigade, Afghanistan National Army. During the 8 months' deployment, the task force conducted over 1,700 patrols involving more than 560 small-arms fire incidents, and located over 100 improvised explosive devices and more than 250 weapons and explosives caches. While suffering more than 50 improvised explosive device strikes and nearly 40 battle casualties, 6 of whom were killed in action, the Task Force displayed remarkable endurance and courage to build positive relationships with the local people, tribal leaders and officials of the Afghanistan Government." 
  22. ^ "MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION". Website of the Governor General of Australia. Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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