The first members of a battalion of tough Gurkha troops arrived in Hong Kong on Friday from Singapore to reinforce the Hong Kong garrison.
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Background: The first members of a battalion of tough Gurkha troops arrived in Hong Kong on Friday from Singapore to reinforce the Hong Kong garrison. The troops flew in aboard Royal Air Force Transport Command aircraft.
An army spokesman, when asked if the battalion's arrival had anything to do with the present situation said. "It is normal practice to move units so that they are placed where they are most useful, and it is felt that this battalion will be better placed in Hong Kong than in Malaysia."
The battalion, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Fisher, is arriving in batches. The last one was due in yesterday (Saturday).
They belong to the 2nd battalion of the 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles based in Malaysia. They are being sent to this British colony on temporary assignment, but it is not known how long they will stay.
They saw action in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei during the Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia.
The new arrivals will raise the strength of the Hong Kong garrison to seven battalions.