Private Timothy Aplin

2010 killed in Afghanistan

Defence Media Release
22 June 2010 MSPA 244/10

It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Private (PTE) Timothy James Aplin during operations in Afghanistan.

PTE Aplin was serving with the Special Operations Task Group when he tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash, on Monday 21 June 2010.

38 year old PTE Aplin was from the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment.

PTE Aplin enlisted in the Australian Army Reserves on 04 Feb 1992. PTE Aplin transferred to the Regular Army on 20 Sep 1995, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He successfully completed the Commando Selection and Training Course in 2008 and was posted to the then 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) in January 2009 after completing the Commando Reinforcement Cycle. To achieve this goal he willingly took the required reduction in rank from Sergeant to do this. PTE Aplin was an outstanding and dedicated Commando who was highly respected. This was his second tour to Afghanistan and he was serving with the SOTG as a team demolitions specialist.

PTE Aplin has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with East Timor, Iraq and ICAT clasps, the Infantry Combat Badge, United Nations Medal with Ribbon UNTAET, the IRAQ Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the Defence Long Service Medal and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. PTE Aplin has also been awarded the Returned from Active Service Badge from a previous deployment.

During Private Timothy James Aplin’s service in the Australian Army he deployed on the following Operations;

  • OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) in 2000,
  • OPERATION BASTILLE (Middle East) in 2003,
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) in 2009, and
  • OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) again in 2010.

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