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Royal Australian Navy service ribbon bar

Date: 1980s-1990s
Overall: 12 x 64 x 11 mm, 7.53 g
Medium: Fabric, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Greg Swinden
Classification:Ceremonial artefact
Object Name: Ribbon bar
Object No: 00045997

User Terms

    HistoryAfghanistan Medal:
    The Afghanistan Medal was introduced in 2004 to recognise Australian involvement in military operations in Afghanistan.
    The Medal
    The Afghanistan Medal is a cupro-nickel medal, with the Australian Coat of Arms on the obverse. The reverse shows a portion of a snow-capped mountain range with a multi-rayed sun rising behind the mountains. The mountains represent the dominant terrain of the country and the rising sun represents a 'new dawn' for the nation. The word 'Afghanistan' appears around the central device on the flan in English and in the Arabic script.
    The Ribbon
    The ribbon is khaki representing the dominant ground colour of the terrain, edged with light blue and white stripes representing the sky above the mountains and the snow on the mountain peaks with central stripes of purple and red representing the ADF and the conflict in Afghanistan.
    The basic eligibility requirement for the Afghanistan Medal is 30 days service or 30 sorties in the prescribed area after 11 October 2001.

    The Australian Active Service Medal:
    The Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) was introduced in 1988 to recognise service in prescribed warlike operations since 14 February 1975.
    The Medal
    The AASM is a nickel-silver medal. The obverse has a Federation Star within a wreath of mimosa. On the reverse a laurel wreath surrounds the inscription 'FOR ACTIVE SERVICE'.
    The Ribbon
    The AASM ribbon colours are primarily variations of the Australian colours of green and gold with a central red stripe symbolising the dangers faced in warlike situations.
    A clasp with the name of the theatre or action for which the award is made is presented with the medal. A further award of the AASM in another area is recognised by the issue of an additional clasp. Additional clasps are worn above previously awarded clasps, in order of date of receipt.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Royal Australian Navy service ribbon bar

    Collection title: CMDR Greg Swinden Collection

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