• Short Summary

    AUSTRALIA'S CRACK MILITARY UNIT, THE FIRST SPECIAL AIR SERVICE COMPANY, IS OPERATING WITH SERVICEMEN OF OTHER SOUTH-EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION NATIONS IN THE AIRBOURNE AND AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISES CODE NAMED 'LIGTAS' AROUND THE SUBIC BAY, WEST OF MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES CAPITAL.

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    AUSTRALIA'S CRACK MILITARY UNIT, THE FIRST SPECIAL AIR SERVICE COMPANY, IS OPERATING WITH SERVICEMEN OF OTHER SOUTH-EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION NATIONS IN THE AIRBOURNE AND AMPHIBIOUS EXERCISES CODE NAMED 'LIGTAS' AROUND THE SUBIC BAY, WEST OF MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES CAPITAL.

    THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE COMPANY, CONSISTING OF TWO HUNDRED ROUGH AND INTELLIGENT MEN, RECENTLY PARACHUTED INTO 'ENEMY' TERRITORY IN SAN JOSE, ON THE MINDORO ISLAND. THEY COLLECTED INFORMATION FOR THE ROYAL MARINE COMMANDOS.

    ON THEIR FIRST DROP ON "FOREIGN" SOIL, THE MEN PARACHUTED FROM ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE HERCULES AIRCRAFT FROM HEIGHTS OF 1,200 FEET - THE FIRST TIME A COMPLETE COMPANY OF SAS HAS BEEN PARACHUTED OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA.

    MEN OF THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY SELECTED AND THEY GET SEVEN SHILLING AND SIX PENCE A DAY MORE THAN THE REGULAR INFANTRY SOLDIER. THEY ARE RECRUITED FROM OTHER UNITS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY.

    THEY HAVE TO SPEND SIX WEEKS PROVING THEY CAN STAND THE RIGOROUS TRAINING BEFORE BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE UNIT. THEIR ROUTINE TRAINING INCLUDES SPECIAL UNARMED CAMBAT CARRIED OUT WITH CLUBS, MACHETES, KNIVES AND RIFLES.

    THE UNIT, FORMED THREE YEARS AGO, IS BASED IN PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6A4IVXMGNGER8F53THEN9UM02
    Media URN:
    VLVA6A4IVXMGNGER8F53THEN9UM02
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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