Commander's Diaries

 

A Squadron

23 December 1969 - 16 December 1970 

6 November 1970.

As above.

 

1455hrs. 

Mini-team with 1 Tp sighted two enemy.  Enemy also engaged by 2RAR/NZ inf platoon (India 42).  1 Tp moved 300yds to inf position to support.  No result.

 

7 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp returned to Nui Dat from AO Judy; 2 Tp commenced ready reaction and on call for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi and protection of US Arty; 4 Tp deployed from Nui Dat to AO Judy to commence support 2RAR/NZ and protect LCT (primary task).

 

8 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued reaction and on call for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi and protection of US Arty; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task). 

4Alpha returned to Nui Dat with unserviceable engine and replaced by ZeroEcho.

 

9 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued reaction and on call for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi, escorting convoy from FSB Scobie to Nui Dat in morning of abandoning of Scobie; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

10 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued reaction and on call for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

1130hrs. 

4 Tp with inf platoon located old enemy camp.  No contact.  Camp destroyed.

 

11 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued reaction and on call for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy, plus at night engaged in ambush operations vic Hoa Long; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

12 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp assumed ready reaction force from 2 Tp;  2 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ with night ambush in vic Hoa Long against expected D65 resupply parties; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

13 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ ambush ops in vic Hoa Long with support of night ambushes; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

1900-2030hrs.  2 Tp transported inf to night ambush location and then returned to Nui Dat.

 

14 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp remained in support of 2RAR/NZ from 1ATF base, transporting inf ambush platoon to position and then returning to Sqn lines after dusk; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

15 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp continued support of 2RAR/NZ from Nui Dat and with night ambush in support ambush ops vic Hoa Long; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

16 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp continued support of 2RAR/NZ ambush ops in vic Hoa Long with night ambush; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi, engaging direct fire targets in Long Hai Hills; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

17 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp rest and maintenance, on call to support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR in AO Naomi, engaging direct fire targets in Long Hai Hills; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

18 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp continued on standby for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR, moving to a position for quick reaction in support of ops; 4 Tp continued support for 2RAR/NZ and protection LCT (primary task).

 

19 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp ready reaction force;  2 Tp continued on standby for support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy; 3 Tp continued support of 7RAR, moving to a position for quick reaction in support of ops; 4 Tp returned to Nui Dat.

 

20 November 1970. 

Sqn remained Nui Dat conducting mounted parade, church service and sports day in celebration of Cambrai Day.  1 Tp departed at 1500hrs to support 7RAR in relief of 3 Tp in AO Naomi.  3Tp returned to Nui dat at 0835hrs and participated in Sqn activities.

 

The first occasion when entire Sqn was intact at the one place since the Sqn arrived in Nui Dat.  Total six and a half hours!  A successful and enjoyable day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp continued to support 7RAR in AO Naomi; 2 Tp deployed to protect LCT; 3 Tp rest and maintenance; 4 Tp continued on call to support 2RAR/NZ in AO Judy and engaged in night ambush ops in support of 2RAR/NZ.

 

22 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp continued to support 7RAR in AO Naomi; 2 Tp continued to protect LCT; 3 Tp rest and maintenance; 4 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ with night ambushes in vicinity of Hoa Long.

 

23 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp returned to Nui Dat following support to 7RAR in AO Naomi; 2 Tp continued to protect LCT; 3 Tp deployed in support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued on call to support 2RAR/NZ and engaged in night ambush ops in vicinity of Hoa Long in support of 2RAR/NZ.

 

24 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ and protect LCT (first priority); 3 Tpcontinued to support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support to 2RAR/NZ, assisting with in night ambush ops in vicinity of Hoa Long.

 

25 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ and protect LCT (first priority); 3 Tpcontinued to support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp continued support to 2RAR/NZ, assisting with in night ambush ops in vicinity of Hoa Long.

 

26 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp relieved 4 Tp in support of 2RAR/NZ ambush ops in vicinity of Hoa Long; 2 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ and protect LCT (first priority); 3 Tp continued to support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp rest and maintenance.

 

27 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp continued support of 2RAR/NZ ambush ops in vicinity of Hoa Long; 2 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ and protect LCT (first priority); 3 Tp continued to support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp rest and maintenance.

 

General. 

Verbal intelligence report indicated 3 Tp shelling of caves in Long Hais on 25 Nov 70 created casualties.  Int report indicated evacuation of dead and wounded on ni 25/26 Nov 70 from area.

 

28 November 1970.

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat; 1 Tp continued support of 2RAR/NZ ambush ops in vicinity of Hoa Long; 2 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ and protect LCT (first priority); 3 Tp continued to support of 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Tp ready reaction.