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SKU #6826350

Prestige pre-stamped envelope - Parachute Riggers

SKU #6826350

Prestige pre-stamped envelope - Parachute Riggers

This limited prestige pre-stamped envelope commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Parachute Riggers.
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This prestige pre-stamped envelope (110mm x 220mm) commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Parachute Riggers

This prestige cover includes an embroidered cloth badge and is limited to just 2,500.

Each pre-stamped envelope is for one posting to any destination within Australia, delivered in accordance with the timetable applicable to the ordinary letter service as published by Australia Post from time to time.

Please read our terms and conditions carefully before purchasing.

In 1965, the Defence Chief of Staff directed the maintenance of parachutes be transferred from the Royal Australian Air Force to the Australian Army. On 1 May 1966, the first Parachute Rigger course commenced with Army personnel and Air Force instructors, members of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps.

The official headdress for the Parachute Rigger trade is the dull cherry beret, the universal military colour for an airborne soldier. The first mission essential airdrop since the Vietnam War was conducted in the Solomon Islands in 2003 for Operation ANODE. Parachute Rigger units include 39 Arial Delivery Equipment Platoon, Richmond; Parachute Training School, Nowra; and Joint Logistic Command, Moorebank, all located in New South Wales.

Parachute Riggers are trained at the Army School of Ordnance, Bandiana, for six months. Training includes the Military Static Line Parachute Course, a compulsory requirement to become a Parachute Rigger. The Parachute Riggers have been actively involved on operations in Vietnam, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in humanitarian aid operations.

Army has trained 696 personnel to be Parachute Riggers. Currently 11 per cent of Parachute Riggers are women. The trade motto is “BE SURE ALWAYS”.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 16 July 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 31 January 2017
  • Denominations: $1
  • Stamp & cover design: Sonia Young
  • FDI postmark: Bandiana VIC 3694

All images courtesy the Australian Army.

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