Australian defence chief given Dutch honours

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Australia’s defence chief, Air Chief Marshal Allan Grant “Angus”Houston has been granted an honorary award by the Netherlands. Marshal Houston was made a member of the Order of Orange-Nassau because of his contribution to the joint Dutch-Australian military effort in Afghanistan.

General Peter van Uhm, leader of the Netherlands armed forces, bestowed the distinction on his defence counterpart during a visit to Australia. General van Uhm said that Houston had shown incredible dedication during the joint mission in the Uruzgan province.

He had encouraged “mutual understanding, respect and trust between the Dutch and Australian units in Uruzgan,” General van Uhm added.

The Dutch defence office said that Marshal Houston had secured 25 armoured vehicles from his own supplies for the Dutch forces, affording extra security against roadside bombs.

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