Australia has withdrawn a squadron of Canberra bombers from Western Malaysia to be used in support of South Vietnam.
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Background: Australia has withdrawn a squadron of Canberra bombers from Western Malaysia to be used in support of South Vietnam. This was the first Australian squadron three-year confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia.
Australia already has a fighting force of 4,500 troops and a guided missile destroyer in the Vietnam war theatre.
The basing of the Australian bombers in Vietnam coincides with the recent arrival of America's first three giant B-52 bombers from their Pacific Ocean base on Guam Island.
Like other allied aircraft, the Canberra bombers will take part in air-strikes against Viet Cong emplacements in support of American, Australian, South Korean and South Vietnamese ground forces.
The bombers, of the Second Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, left their base camp at Butterworth, on the north-western coast of West Malaysia.
The despatch of the bombers came after intensified political pressure on Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt to step up the Australian participation in Vietnam.