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A Century of Service:
The Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force comprises the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the Australian Army. Together these are known as the Tri-services. The three services operated more or less independently until an integrated command structure was established with the formation of the Australian Defence Force on 9 February 1976. The stamps designs are based on the caps and badges of the respective three services of the Australian Defence Force.

Australia has maintained military forces since shortly after Federation in January 1901, when the Australian Army and Commonwealth Naval Force were established by the amalgamation of the forces maintained by each of the states. The new Australian Army comprised 28,923 colonial soldiers, which included professional soldiers, paid militia and unpaid volunteers.

Stamp - Australian Army

Australian Army

This stamp issue remembers the contribution made by our defence services over the last century. During its history the Australian Army has fought a large number of major wars, including the Second Boer War (1899–1902), World War I (1914–18), World War II (1939–45), Korean War (1950–53), Malayan Emergency (1950–1960), Indonesia–Malaysia Confrontation (1962–66), Vietnam War (1962–73), and more recently in Afghanistan and Iraq . Since 1947 the Australian Army has also been involved in many peacekeeping operations, usually under the auspices of the United Nations. Australia's largest peacekeeping deployment began in 1999 in East Timor, while other ongoing operations have included peacekeeping on Bougainville, in the Sinai, and in the Solomon Islands.

Stamp - Royal Australian Air Force

Royal Australian Air Force

This stamp issue remembers the contribution made by our defence services over the last century. The Army established the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) in 1912 which then separated to form the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in March 1921. The following June, King George V approved the prefix “Royal”. The RAAF then became the second Royal air force to be formed in the British Commonwealth, following the British Royal Air Force.

Stamp - Royal Australian Navy

Royal Australian Navy

This stamp issue remembers the contribution made by our defence services over the last century. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is the naval branch of the Australian Defence Force. Two months after the Federation of Australia in 1901, the ships and resources of the separate colonial navies were integrated into a national force, the Commonwealth Naval Forces. On 10 July 1911, King George V granted the title of Royal Australian Navy, after which the RAN became increasingly responsible for defence of the region.

Stamp - Australian Defence Force

Australian Defence Force

This stamp issue remembers the contribution made by our defence services over the last century. Australia has maintained military forces since shortly after Federation in January 1901, when the Australian Army and Commonwealth Naval Force were established by the amalgamation of the forces maintained by each of the states. The new Australian Army comprised 28,923 colonial soldiers, which included professional soldiers, paid militia and unpaid volunteers.