Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Royal Australian Navy in Vietnam 1965-1972
- Usually Ships in 2 to 4 Weeks
Media: BOOK - paperback, 260 pages
Author: J. Carroll
Other: 2nd ed., b&w & colour photos, index
This book tells the vital part played by HMAS 'Sydney' and other units of the RAN in the support of land bases forces in Vietnam. The perceived absence of enemy threat was the prime factor influencing the Federal Governments decision to exclude from benefits and entitlements those who served in 'Sydney', 'Jeparit' and 'Boonaroo' and the warships that escorted them into the war zone.
A flawed decision made on the basis of fallacious information. It was the cause of much bitterness. While Sydney and her escort were at anchor, not only were they vulnerable to an enemy well versed in unconventional guerrilla warfare, but all who served in these ships were also exposed to highly toxic herbicides used to defoliate the nearby landscape.
The residue of this procedure which flowed into the surrounding rivers and streams. Due to the processes used in those times for the production of potable water, the dioxins contained in the distillate were enriched, thereby making them much more potent and deadly.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind identifies and dispels various myths which have developed around the importance of sea transport and logistical support, and argues for a new appreciation of the service of the 13,000 members of the RAN who participated in this vitally important task. Many of the illustrations were taken by serving military personnel which gives them an immediacy and poignancy lacking in official photographs.
Acronyms and Service Abbreviations
1. Forward Defence, Strategic Alliances and Australia's Vietnam War
2. The Voyages of HMAS 'Sydney' and her Escorts
3. In the War Zone
4. Logistical Linchpin
5. Herbicide Exposure
6. Out of Mind
Appendix 1. HMAS 'Sydney' and her Escorts
Appendix 2. Anchorage Points: Vung Tau Harbour
Appendix 3. Ship's Company, HMAS Sydney, for Deployments to Vietnam 1965-1972
Appendix 4. 'Sydney's Vietnam Voyages: May 1965 - November 1972
'John Carroll's volume on the Royal Australian Navy's support of Australian's troops in Vietnam in welcome as a study of seaborne logistics - as area too frequently neglected for the tracers and blood that fascinates most readers'... - Professor Wade G. Dudley, Department of History, East Carolina University