Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Released by Defence Media Centre

Personal details of soldiers killed in Afghanistan Private Tim Aplin, Private Ben Chuck, and Private Scott Palmer died as a result of an incident involving an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter in Southern Afghanistan early on Monday morning.

The incident involved Australian Commandos and ISAF Personnel based in Multi-National Base Tarin Kowt.

They were part of Special Operations Task Group drawn from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

The families of Private Aplin, Private Chuck and Private Palmer are receiving support from 2nd Commando Regiment and from the Defence Community Organisation.

The families of the soldiers do not wish to conduct any media interviews. The families have requested their privacy be respected during this difficult time.

Planning for the repatriation of the fallen Australian soldiers has begun although the date for their return to Australia has not yet been confirmed.

All seven Commando soldiers wounded in the incident are en-route to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany.

The seven soldiers will receive advanced medical and surgical treatment at the United States hospital before being considered for return to Australia.

There has been no substantial change to the medical assessment of the casualties with four now assessed to be in a satisfactory condition, one listed as in a serious condition and two in a very serious condition.

Six of the seven soldiers underwent surgery yesterday.

The soldiers suffered fractures, lacerations, crush injuries and a head injury.

Media note: Photographs of Private Aplin, Private Chuck and Private Palmer are available at:

The biographies of Private Alpin, Private Chuck and Private Palmer are attached below.

Media contact:

Defence Media Liaison - 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664