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Order of Vanuatu

Very curious one, this... Instituted in 1987, and awarded to citizens and others for achievements or distinguished service in 4 Classes. And this is where the fun starts, the classes are: Badge of Honour, Badge of Distinction, Vanuatu Distinguished Service Medal and Vanuatu Meritorious Service Medal!

Here's the Badge of Honour:

The curly white bit is supposed to represent the tusk of a wild pig.

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Megan   

Vanuatu General Service Medal

Instituted: 1988.

This one bears the clasp 'SANTO' - I don't know to what that refers, or what other clasps may exist.

Obverse:

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ksc   

Vanuatu Independence Medal 1980

Cupro Nickel 36mm diameter medal features the Arms of Vanuatu with the inscription 'Vanuatu Independence 1980' surrounding. The National Emblem features on the reverse. This medal was instituted in 1980. The RAAF received it 3 x & 1 was awarded to an Army Pilot.

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ksc   

Vanuatu General Service Medal

Instituted: 1988.

This one bears the clasp 'SANTO' - I don't know to what that refers, or what other clasps may exist.

Obverse:

Vanuatu General Service Medal

A medal to be known as the Vanuatu General Service Medal (hereinafter in this Part called the “medal”) is hereby instituted for the purpose of according recognition to persons who hold certain offices or of certain lengths of service or who have rendered good and special service to Vanuatu.

Award for historic events

The medal shall be awarded to mark historic events in Vanuatu.

President to award medal on recommendation of Prime Minister

(1) The award of the medal may be made by the President on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

(2) The names of the persons to whom the medal is awarded under this Part shall be published in the Gazette.

(3) There shall be no limit to the number of medals which may be awarded.

Description of medal

(1) The medal shall be circular in shape, 38 mm in diameter and made of cupro-nickel silver, rhodium plated, and the obverse of the medal shall show in relief a representation of the sun rising behind an island which is surrounded by the sea around which is a pair of namele leaves crossed at the bottom.

(2) The reverse of the medal shall bear the inscription “FOR SERVICE TO VANUATU” surmounted by the word “VANUATU” with namele leaves crossed at the bottom and extending around the edge.

(3) The medal shall be suspended from a circular ring on a ribbon, 32 mm wide consisting of 4 mm wide vertical stripes of red, yellow and green; an 8 mm wide vertical stripe of black in the centre and then 4 mm wide vertical stripes of green, yellow and red.

(4) A bar or bars, 32 mm wide, made of cupro-nickel silver, inscribed with the historic event or the name of the place at which the event occurred shall be attached to the ribbon and shall form part of the medal. Where two or more bars are awarded they shall be worn on the ribbon of a single medal.

(5) The miniature of the medal and bar shall be half the size of the medal and bar,

THE ONLY THING I COULD FIND TO THE BAR IS THAT IT IS ONE OF THERE ISLANDS,MAYBE FOR LONG SERVICE WITH THE ARMED FORCES ON THE ISLAND SANTO

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saumua   

Vanuatu General Service Medal

A medal to be known as the Vanuatu General Service Medal (hereinafter in this Part called the "medal") is hereby instituted for the purpose of according recognition to persons who hold certain offices or of certain lengths of service or who have rendered good and special service to Vanuatu.

Award for historic events

The medal shall be awarded to mark historic events in Vanuatu.

President to award medal on recommendation of Prime Minister

(1) The award of the medal may be made by the President on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

(2) The names of the persons to whom the medal is awarded under this Part shall be published in the Gazette.

(3) There shall be no limit to the number of medals which may be awarded.

the Santo bar is probably for the 1980 civil war that nearly was called the 'Coconut War'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_War

Description of medal

(1) The medal shall be circular in shape, 38 mm in diameter and made of cupro-nickel silver, rhodium plated, and the obverse of the medal shall show in relief a representation of the sun rising behind an island which is surrounded by the sea around which is a pair of namele leaves crossed at the bottom.

(2) The reverse of the medal shall bear the inscription "FOR SERVICE TO VANUATU" surmounted by the word "VANUATU" with namele leaves crossed at the bottom and extending around the edge.

(3) The medal shall be suspended from a circular ring on a ribbon, 32 mm wide consisting of 4 mm wide vertical stripes of red, yellow and green; an 8 mm wide vertical stripe of black in the centre and then 4 mm wide vertical stripes of green, yellow and red.

(4) A bar or bars, 32 mm wide, made of cupro-nickel silver, inscribed with the historic event or the name of the place at which the event occurred shall be attached to the ribbon and shall form part of the medal. Where two or more bars are awarded they shall be worn on the ribbon of a single medal.

(5) The miniature of the medal and bar shall be half the size of the medal and bar,

THE ONLY THING I COULD FIND TO THE BAR IS THAT IT IS ONE OF THERE ISLANDS,MAYBE FOR LONG SERVICE WITH THE ARMED FORCES ON THE ISLAND SANTO

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Vanuatu General Service Medal

Instituted: 1988.

This one bears the clasp 'SANTO' - I don't know to what that refers, or what other clasps may exist.

Obverse:

santo? is it mean espirito santo?:unsure:

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Lang   

The Vanuatu General Service Medal "Santo" was issued for combat operations on the island of Espiritu Santu in 1980.

Upon independence the new Vanuatu government was faced with a rebellion from mainly French leaning planters and their supporters. The British and French withdrew their troops who did not participate in any operations and these were replaced by two battalions of Papua New Guinea Defence Force troops plus a PNGDF Naval and Air presence.

The situation deteriorated and the rebellion became outright combat operations against the rebels by the PNGDF troops, with their Australian military advisors, the Vanuatu Para-Military police and civil police. A couple of months saw the end of operations and Santo was brought fully under government control where it resides peacefully to this day.

The Vanuatu Independence Medal was issued to key personnel at the end of operations (including half a dozen Australians).

The Vanuatu General Service Medal with "Santo" clasp was issued some time later to all personnel who served during the military operations on the island. For some reason the Australian government allowed Australians issued with the Independence Medal to wear those but denied approval for Australians to wear the General Service Medal despite the Medals and Honours Committee recommending acceptance. PNG and Vanuatu veterans were not denied the right to wear the medal and carry that decoration.

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ilja559   

Rick Frazer who designed Vanuatu’s Coat of Arms, Emblem and the Speaker of Parliament Chair with Vanuatu Badge of Honor.

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