Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley has hosted the Netherlands Chief of Defence, General Peter van Uhm, in Canberra this week.
On behalf of the Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, General Hurley invested General van Uhm as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia in the Military Division. The Ambassador for the Netherlands, His Excellency Mr Willem Andreae, also attended the presentation.
The award was presented in recognition of General van Uhm’s service to defence ties between Australia and the Netherlands, particularly during the period from April 2008 to July 2010 when the Netherlands led Task Force – Uruzgan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Task Force – Uruzgan incorporated the Australian Reconstruction Task Force.
“General van Uhm’s personal commitment to close and consultative cooperation with Australia during the Netherlands’ leadership of Task Force – Uruzgan was instrumental to the progress of the ISAF mission in Uruzgan province,” General Hurley said.
“Under General van Uhm’s command, the Netherlands provided both direct and indirect fire support and medical evacuation capabilities for the Australian Defence Force, which saved the lives of Australian Defence Force personnel,” he said.
During his visit, General van Uhm presented an address on leadership to the officer cadets and midshipmen at the Australian Defence Force Academy. General van Uhm also visited Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney to thank Special Forces personnel for their contribution in Afghanistan.
This is General van Uhm’s third and final official visit to Australia, before he retires at the end of the month.
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