Chief of the Defence Force pays his respects to Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville McNamara (Retd)
10 May 2014
Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley AC, DSC has extended his condolences to the family and friends of the late Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville McNamara, KBE, AO, AFC, AE (Retd) who passed away this week.
Sir Neville led the Australian Defence Force as the Chief of Defence Force Staff from 1982-1984.
"On behalf of the Australian Defence Force I offer my deepest sympathy to Lady Joan, daughters Shelley and Julie and their extended family. Sir Neville's quiet, unassuming manner made him a popular leader. He will be remembered as one of Australia's most outstanding Air Force officers with an extraordinary military career spanning more than four decades and three wars," General Hurley said.
A Royal Australian Air Force fighter pilot, Sir Neville flew combat missions in World War II and the Korean War. Prior to his appointment as Commander RAAF Forces Vietnam in 1971, Sir Neville learnt to fly the Iroquois helicopter and the Caribou.
"In his view, it was important for an Air Commander to fly with his units to understand what they were being asked to do and it earned Sir Neville great respect among his flying squadrons."
During his tenure as the Deputy Chief of Air Staff (now Deputy Chief of Air Force) and Chief of Air Force Staff (now Chief of Air Force), Sir Neville was engaged in some major capability decisions including the F-111 digital upgrade. He also initiated RAAF Tindal's development as an operational base.
"Sir Neville is probably best known as the driving force behind the decision to purchase the FA-18 aircraft, which was introduced into service during his tenure as Chief of Defence Force Staff. The fact that we are still flying Hornets today is a testament to Sir Neville's skill and knowledge as a fighter pilot and Defence Chief," General Hurley said.
The Australian Defence Force will farewell Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville McNamara (Retd) with full military honours later this week.
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