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Governor-General of Australia on 1

November 2012.

L:R - Alvaro Carvajal, Mark Donaldson, Matt Graham, Jason Semple,

Daniel Keighran, Mark Foote

With over 100 years of in-field testing as the uniform

supplier to the Australian Defence Force, leading

uniform solutions provider, ADA, is set to expand its

product range and reach new markets.

Showcasing its growing product range and

capabilities, ADA was part of Team Defence Australia

exhibiting at DSEI held in London 12 - 15 September,

2017. Visitors were able to learn about ADA’s recently

released, patented and first of its kind ONE299

adjustable pack frame, covert armour systems, load

carriage equipment and combat uniforms.

Accompanying the ADA team on their London

mission was Victoria Cross recipients and ADA brand

ambassadors, Mark Donaldson and Daniel Keighran.

Mark and Daniel provide ADA with invaluable insight

and technical support throughout the R&D process and

were available at the DSEI event to field any questions

relating to the ADA products.

Daniel Keighran, VC

On 24 August 2010 his patrol was under fire by a

numerically superior insurgent force. After receiving a

friendly casualty, and with complete disregard for his

own safety, Corporal Dan Keighran acted on his own

initiative to take decisive action to turn the tide of

battle. This decision would see him repeatedly risk his

life by drawing enemy fire to himself and away from the

rest of the members of his patrol who were treating the


Dan's actions ultimately enabled the identification

and suppression of enemy firing positions by both

Australian and Afghan fire support elements and were

instrumental in permitting the withdrawal of the

combined Australian and Afghan patrol with no further

casualties. For his actions, he was invested with the

Victoria Cross for Australia by Her Excellency the

Mark Donaldson, VC

On 2 September 2008, during

the conduct of a fighting patrol,

(then) Trooper Donaldson was

travelling in a combined Afghan, US

and Australian vehicle convoy

engaged by a numerically superior,

entrenched and coordinated enemy

ambush. For his actions on this day,

Trooper Donaldson was sub se -

quent ly awarded the Victoria Cross

for Australia.

On 16 January 2009, (then)

Trooper Donaldson was invested

with the Victoria Cross for Australia

by the Governor-General, becoming

the first Australian to receive the

award since the Vietnam War.

About ADA

ADA (Australian Defence Apparel) has been in

business for more than 100 years. It was established in

1912 as the Commonwealth Government Clothing

Factory, responsible for the manufacture and supply of

uniforms to Australia’s fighting forces through 2 world

wars and many other conflicts. Its 240-strong team now

services industries including Healthcare, Emergency

Services, Utilities and Armed Services in Australia and


ADA is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of

specialised clothing for governments and large organi -

sations in Australia and overseas including the UAE,

New Zealand and Mexico. The company specialises in

combat uniforms, body armour systems and load car -

riage equipment. Leading the way with innovative

design to create clothing and equipment that will meet

the needs of the Defence Force of the future, ADA

combines its experience with its extensive network of

ex Special Forces, Military and Law Enforcement (active

and retired) contacts to deliver products that are the

result of a thorough R&D process.

Its clients include the Australian and New Zealand

Defence Forces, CFA, Ambulance Victoria and New

South Wales Ambulance, Victoria Police and the

Australian Red Cross Blood Service, among many


ADA’s head office is in Victoria, Australia. Globally,

it leverages the strengths of its parent Logistik Unicorp,

a specialist uniform company headquartered in

Canada. Logistik Unicorp’s presence spans Germany,

the UAE, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam.

For more information about ADA visit

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