• Short Summary

    BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 14, FRESH AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WILL BE ARRIVING IN VIETNAM AS REPLACEMENTS.?

  • Description

    BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 14, FRESH AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WILL BE ARRIVING IN VIETNAM AS REPLACEMENTS. ON THURSDAY (APRIL 20), THE FIRST BATCH ARRIVED ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER, HMAS SYDNEY. THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE 7TH BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT.

    THIS BATTALION WILL REPLACE THE 5TH BATTALION NOW MANNING THE AUSTRALIAN TASK FORCE CAMP HEADQUARTERS AT NUI DAT, IN THE PHUOC TUY PROVINCE, ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAIGON.

    THE SYDNEY DROPPED ANCHOR OFF THE COAST OF VUNG TAU, FIVE MILES AWAY FROM THE HEADQUARTERS. TWO AMERICAN CHINOOK HELICOPTER AIRLIFTED THE TROOPS TO SHORE FROM WHERE THEY BOARDED HEAVILY ARMED TRUCKS FOR THEIR HEADQUARTERS.

    IT IS THE FIRST CHANGE-OVER OF TROOPS SINCE AUSTRALIA BECAME INVOLVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. THE HEADQUARTERS IS ALSO JOINTLY MANNED BY THE 6TH BATTALION, WHICH WILL SHORTLY BE REPLACED BY THE 2ND BATTALION, EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOON.

    ON ARRIVAL AT THE HEADQUARTERS, THE FRESH REPLACEMENTS WERE WELCOMED BY THEIR COLLEAGUES OF THE 5TH BATTALION, TROOPS OF THE DELTA COMPANY OF THE 5TH BATTALION LATER BOARDED THE SYDNEY FOR HOME. THIS BATTALION'S LAST MILITARY OPERATION AGAINST THE VIETCONG WAS ABOUT A WEEK AGO.

    IN SYDNEY LAST THURSDAY, THE LARGEST AIR-LIFT OF SERVICE PERSONNEL INTO AUSTRALIA SINCE THE END OF WORLD WAR TWO GOT UNDERWAY BETWEEN SAIGON AND SYDNEY. ALTOGETHER, 27 CHARTER PLANES CARRYING MORE THAN 1,500 AUSTRALIAN ARMY PERSONNEL WILL ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 14.

    THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE ARE BRINGING THE SERVICEMEN FROM SAIGON TO DARWIN IN HERCULES TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT. AT DARWIN TWO AUSTRALIAN DOMESTIC AIRLINES, ARE TAKING IT IN TURNS TO BRING THE SERVICEMEN TO SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE IN PLANE LOADS AVERAGING BETWEEN 60 AND 65 MEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2WIHUJ4XA51B7GZ11WNOO1N8D
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WIHUJ4XA51B7GZ11WNOO1N8D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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