On a highly polished background the obverse depicts the nuclear symbol surrounded by the words: British Nuclear Weapons Tests in Australia & Pacific.
The reverse dramatically features a detonation cloud surrounded by the words: For Service in Radioactive Areas 1952-1967.
The ribbon is white on the edges, representing the blinding white flash that comes from the fireball and then subsides to the fireball which has the reddish fire in the centre and becomes the familiar mushroom shape.
This important medal was commissioned between the Australian and British Nuclear Veterans Associations, providing medallic recognition to veterans who served in nuclear test site locations and supporting bases in Australia and the Pacific between 1952 and 1967.
The British Nuclear Weapons Test Programme began on the 3rd October 1952 with Operation Hurricane aboard HMS Plym in Main Bay, one of the Monte Bello Islands in Australia and it continued for a further fifteen years elsewhere in Australia, over Malden & Christmas Island in the Pacific ending with Operation Brumby, the clean-up operations in 1967.
The medal is a befitting way to pay tribute to the thousands of British and Commonwealth military and civilian personnel who served their countries, often exposed to the unknown dangers of radiation.
EligibilityAvailable to all Nuclear Tests Veterans, military or civilian, who served in nuclear test site locations in Australia and the Pacific and supporting bases in Australia between 1952-1967 including personnel involved in the clean-up operations, handling of stores and equipment returned from a test site. Next of kin and direct descendants can also apply.