Commander's Diaries

 

C Squadron

(2nd Tour)

16 December 1970 - 30 September 1971

16 December 1970.   

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 2 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 3 Troop supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop protecting land clearing team at NDP Melissa.

 

0835hrs.

Handover parade and church service conducted at SHQ for handover of a Squadron OC, Major J a N Chipman, to C Squadron OC, Major P W Bourke.  Change of command to occur at 162400hrs.  Included in change of command, a change in squadron designation from A Squadron to C Squadron, but no major personnel changes except OCs.  Major Chipman to depart SVN on 17 December 1970, after a period of 12 months in command of A Squadron.

 

17 December 1970.   

 SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 2 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 3 Troop is supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop protecting land clearing team at NDP Melissa.

 

0001hrs.

Major P W Bourke assumes command of Squadron and change of squadron designation from 'A' to 'C' Squadron.

 

18 December 1970.   

 SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 2 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 3 Troop is supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop to NDP Lorraine for protection of land clearing team.

 

19 December 1970.   

As above.

 

20 December 1970.   

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 2 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 3 Troop supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop protecting land clearing team at NDP Melissa.

 

21--23 December 1970.   

As above.

 

24 December 1970.   

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 2 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 3 Troop supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop protecting land clearing team at NDP Melissa.

 

25 December 1970.  

As above.

 

Squadron ceased offensive actions, but continued defensive action during the Christmas Truce period.  Unit members provided gifts for children of Duc Thanh, Vin Thanh and Ngai Giao, as part of the Christmas spirit.

 

 

26 December 1970.   

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 2 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 3 Troop supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop protecting land clearing team at NDP Melissa.

 

27 December 1970.   

As above.

 

28 December 1970.   

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ ambushing near Hoa Long by night and returning to Nui Dat by day; 2 Troop ready reaction Nui Dat; 3 Troop supporting 7RAR in AO Naomi; 4 Troop protecting land clearing team at NDP Melissa.  

 

29--31 December 1970.  

As above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 January 1971   

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT.

 

2-4 January 1971.   

As above

 

5 January 1971.   

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop Ready Reaction Force;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT.

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop R & C;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT; Composite Troop (SHQ/SEQ) Ready Reaction Force.

 

7-8 January 1971.  

As above.

 

9 January 1971. 

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop Nui Dat ; Composite Troop (SHQ/SEQ) op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night .

 

10 January 1971. 

As above.

 

11 January 1971. 

1 Troop supports FSB Catherine insertion; 2 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop rest ; Composite Troop (SHQ/SEQ) Ready Reaction Force.

 

12 January 1971. 

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop rest ; Composite Troop (SHQ/SEQ) op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

13 January 1971. 

1 Troop rest; 2 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop Ready Reaction Force ; Composite Troop (SHQ/SEQ) op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

14 January 1971.   

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop NDP Lorraine, local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

15 January 1971. 

As above.

Both 1 Troop and 2 Troop back in Nui Dat.  Mechanical problems had hindered 1 Troop and tested the resupply system.  in all, this was a good introduction for C Squadron.

 

16 January 1971. 

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop local protection LCT;  3 Troop moved to Long Hai area to support operations in area with fire support; 4 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

17 January 1971

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

18 January 1971. 

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop local protection LCT;  3 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 4 Troop Ready Reaction Force.

 

19 January 1971.  

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop local protection LCT;  3 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe) .

 

20 January 1971. 

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe) .

 

21 January 1971. 

As above.

 

22 January 1971. 

1 Troop rest; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); Composite Troop (SHQ/SEQ) op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

23 January 1971. 

As above.

 

24 January 1971. 

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT; 

3 Troop Nui Dat; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); Composite Troop

(SHQ/SEQ) op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

25 January 1971. 

1 Troop Nui Dat; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop Ready

Reaction Force ; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); Composite Troop

(SHQ/SEQ) op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

26 January 1971.  

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop

NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop Ready Reaction Force ; 4 Troop

op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe).

 

27 January 1971. 

As above.

 

28 January 1971.  

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop Ready Reaction Force ; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 5 Troop Nui Dat.

 

29 January 1971.   

1 Troop Ready Reaction Force; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop Nui Dat; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 5 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night.

 

30 January 1971. 

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop NDP Lynx; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 5 Troop Ready Reaction Force.

 

31 January 1971. 

1 Troop op con 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC), ambushing Hoa Long at night; 2 Troop NDP Amanda, local protection LCT;  3 Troop FSB Lynx; 4 Troop op con 7RAR (at the Horseshoe); 5 Troop op con 3RAR (AP).