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Royal Australian Navy service ribbon bar

Date: 1980s-1990s
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 x 99 x 11 mm, 9.94 g
Medium: Fabric, metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Greg Swinden
Classification:Ceremonial artefact
Object Name: Ribbon bar
Object No: 00045998

User Terms

    HistoryDefence Long Service Medal:
    The Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM) may be awarded to a member who has, on or after 14 February 1975, completed 15 years qualifying service in the ADF. This includes efficient service in Permanent and Reserve Forces. Clasps are awarded for each further periods of five years efficient service.
    The regulations state that members are not entitled to have a Defence Force service award and the Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM) at the same time. The Defence Force service awards are: the Defence Force Service Medal, the Reserve Force Decoration and the Reserve Force Medal. Members wishing to have previously unrecognised service counted toward the DLSM are required to return the Defence Force service award before the DLSM is issued.
    The Medal
    The DLSM is a cupronickel medal. The obverse has the Joint Service Emblem surrounded by two sprays of wattle leaves and blossom. The reverse has a central horizontal panel surrounded by the inscription 'FOR SERVICE IN THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE'.
    The Ribbon
    The DLSM ribbon has a central panel of seven alternating blue and gold stripes flanked by blue stripes gold edges. The colours and design reflect those of the replaced medals.
    Clasps
    The DLSM clasp is a cupronickel bar with the Royal Cypher flanked by sprigs of wattle in the centre. When the ribbon is worn alone a clasp is indicated by the addition of a cupro-nickel round rosette or a silver miniature Federation Star. The first four clasps to the medal are indicated by rosettes. These are replaced by a single silver Federation Star for the fifth clasp. Additional Federation Star emblems are added for subsequent clasps.

    The Australian Service Medal:
    The Australian Service Medal (ASM) was approved in 1988, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with a prescribed non-warlike operation.
    The Medal
    The ASM is a nickel-silver medal with a modified Shield of the Australian Coat of Arms surmounted by the Defence Force Joint Service Emblem super-imposed on a background of the meridians of longitude on the obverse. The reverse has clusters of mimosa blossoms surrounding a Federation Star bearing the inscription 'FOR SERVICE'.
    The Ribbon
    The ribbon colours are primarily variations of the Australian colours of green and gold in tones of the Australian bush. The central brown stripe symbolises the earth of Australia.
    Clasps
    A nickel-silver clasp with the name of the theatre or action for which the award is made is presented with the medal. Further awards of the ASM in other areas are recognised by the presentation of additional clasps. These 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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