The Governor officiated at the Chapel Consecration of the No 79 Squadron at RAAF Base Pearce as the Reviewing Officer, on behalf of the Governor General who could not attend.
The Squadron Standard is awarded by order of the Sovereign for 25 years of service in the Australian Flying Corp or the Royal Australian Air Force to an operational, combat support, intelligence or other Squadron or Unit that directly contributes to the Air Campaign.
The Squadron Standard is generically termed ‘Colours’ and are the services most cherished possession. They embody the service traditions, achievements and history of the Unit and are a tangible recognition of the Units devotion to duty, the Sovereign and to Australia.
History of the No 79 Squadron
Since its initial formation on 26 April 1943, No.79 Squadron has served admirably in:
- World War II, Pacific – 26 April 1943 – 12 November 1945
- Ubon, Thailand- 29 May 1962-July 1968
- RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia – 31 March 1986-30 June 1988
- RAAF Base Pearce, Perth WA – 1 July 1998 – current day
Photo credit: Chris Kershaw, Joondalup Photo Design