World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Details Of Soldier Killed In Blackhawk Crash

Department of Defence Media Mail List


CPA 324/06 Thursday, 30 November 2006

Personal Details Of Soldier Killed In Blackhawk Crash Near Fiji

The Australian Defence Force, following agreement with the family, today released the name of the Australian solider who died as a result of a helicopter accident on HMAS Kanimbla yesterday.

Captain Mark Bingley, 35, was posted to Townsville to 171 Aviation Squadron as a Qualified Flying Instructor on Blackhawk helicopters.

The Minister for Defence, Dr Brendan Nelson, said Captain Bingley served the Australian Army with distinction.

“All Australians should feel very proud of his courage and commitment. Our sympathies go to all of Captain Bingley’s family, in particular his wife and son,” he said.

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, also extended his condolences to the family and friends of Captain Bingley.

“He was an extremely competent and highly regarded member of Army’s aviation community.

“Captain Bingley will be remembered as a dedicated pilot who had an infectious energy and a great sense of humour.

“He was a valued team member who will be sorely missed by his comrades, the Army and the Australian Defence Force,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.

Captain Bingley was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and enlisted in the Australian Army in 1990.

On completion of Recruit Training, he served for several years as a Rifleman in The First Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), and was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1997.

He was subsequently accepted for training as a helicopter pilot. On completion of his training, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Aviation Corps in 1998.

During his service he flew helicopters for 5 Aviation Regiment in Australia and overseas, and undertook training in the United States of America.

Captain Bingley served in operations in East Timor, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands.

He was awarded the United Nations Medal for service in Cambodia and East Timor, the International Forces East Timor Medal, the Australian Active Service Medal, the Defence Long Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.

Captain Bingley is survived by his wife and son.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Covid: 250 Groups Urge WTO Chief To Ditch Pharma-Friendly Approach And Embrace Vaccine Patent Waiver

by Jake Johnson, staff writer An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary ... More>>

Samoa’s Stunning Election Result: On The Verge Of A New Ruling Party For The First Time In 40 Years

Tamasailau Suaalii Sauni , University of Auckland and Patricia A. O'Brien , Georgetown University Samoan politics is on a knife edge. After the country voted in general elections on April 9, counting so far has resulted in a dead heat between the two ... More>>

Timor-Leste: UN Agencies Support Response In Wake Of Deadly Floods

United Nations agencies in Timor-Leste are supporting response efforts, as floods and landslides left widespread damage across the country, including in the capital, Dili. According to media reports, at least 21 people died in the country and many ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

C40: UN Secretary-General's Remarks To Meeting With Leading Mayors Supported By Cities

UN Secretary-General's remarks to Meeting with Leading Mayors Supported by C40 Cities: “Advancing a Carbon-Neutral, Resilient Recovery for Cities and Nations” 16 April 2021 Thank you for joining me today, and for your commitment and leadership. Cities ... More>>

Awake At Night: S3-Episode 21: There Is Hope

Brazzaville visit to CSI Pilote du Diabete with Health workers at a local government clinic. 2018 - Photo: ©CSI/Dr. Soumya Swaminathan 'When it comes to a pandemic, it really needs global collaboration and solidarity because the pathogens and viruses More>>

UN: Growing Calls For Revamping Development Financing To Ensure Sustainable Global Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

Forum to highlight new initiatives to tackle inequalities exacerbated by pandemic With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders will discuss options to unlock concrete investments ... More>>