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Statement from the Governor-General

“My thoughts are with the loved ones and colleagues of the four Australian Defence Force personnel missing from the helicopter crash overnight.

“The impact of this terrible incident is being felt keenly.

“Each of the four missing ADF personnel made the decision to serve their nation - to serve us. We must never lose sight of, nor cease to be grateful for, the service and sacrifice of those in uniform.

“Linda and I spent Friday with troops participating in Exercise Talisman Sabre. The bond between our serving personnel, their pride in serving their nation and their commitment was, as always, striking. Those that serve, their families and, especially, the loved ones of the four missing personnel are in our hearts.”