• Short Summary

    BRITAIN'S 845 NAVAL AIR COMMANDO SQUADRON AT SIBU, IN SOUTHWEST OF MALAYSIAN SARAWAK, HAS BEEN ON OPERATIONS IN THE BORNEO TERRITORIES SINCE THE BRUNEI REBELLION IN DECEMBER, 1965.

  • Description

    BRITAIN'S 845 NAVAL AIR COMMANDO SQUADRON AT SIBU, IN SOUTHWEST OF MALAYSIAN SARAWAK, HAS BEEN ON OPERATIONS IN THE BORNEO TERRITORIES SINCE THE BRUNEI REBELLION IN DECEMBER, 1965. THEY HAVE FLOWN OVER 10,000 OPERATIONAL HOURS -- BELIEVED TO BE A RECORD FOR A HELICOPTER SQUADRON IN MALAYSIAN BORNEO.

    THE SQUADRON SET UP THEIR BASE IN SIBU SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN SARAWAK IN APRIL, 1965.

    THE OPERATIONAL HOURS WERE INVOLVED IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF TROOPS TO BORDER OUTPOST: SICK PEOPLE FROM THEIR HOMES DEEP IN THE JUNGLE TO HOSPITALS: AND THE EVACUATION OF CIVILIANS TO NEW RESETTLEMENT AREAS.

    ACTS OF MERCY SUCH AS THERE HAVE WON THE SQUADRON THE BOLD TROPHY FOR THE SECOND TIME IN SEVEN YEARS. THIS MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER AWARD IS PRESENTED ANNUALLY FOR THE BEST CONTRIBUTION TO ROYAL NAVY AVIATION. IT IS COMPETED FOR BY ALL FLYING UNITS AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE FLEET AIR ARM. THE SQUADRON WERE LAST AWARDED BOLD TROPHY IN 1958 WHEN THEY WENT TO THE AID OF A BLAZING TANKER IN THE PERSIAN GULF.

    MANY REQUESTS FOR HELICOPTERS TO CARRY CIVILIAN MEDICAL CASES OUT OF JUNGLE LOCATIONS COME FROM MALAYSIAN AND BRITISH SECURITY FORCES IN BORDER POSITIONS. WHEN A PATIENT NEEDS SPEEDY AND EXPERT ATTENTION. A RADIO CALL FOR A HELICOPTER IS PUT THROUGH TO THE SQUADRON'S HEADQUARTERS.

    SINCE THERE ARE NO AMUSEMENT PARKS IN SIBU FOR THE SQUADRON'S PERSONNEL TO ENTERTAIN THEMSELVES, WATER- SKIING ON A NEARBY RIVER IS THE BEST RECREATION, ASSAULT CRAFT, POWERED WITH AN OUTBOARD MOTOR IS USED TO TOW THE SKIER.

    FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD A PARI OF SKIS -- ALTERNATIVES ARE: SWIMMING, BADMINTON, SMALL STAKES CARD GAME WITH LOCAL VOLUNTARY WORKERS AT THE HEADQUARTERS, OR A GAME OF DICE. THE ANIMAL LOVER FINDS IT MOST COMFORTABLE TO BE IN A SARONG (MALAYSIAN COSTUME) WHEN FEEDING A PET MONKEY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADR5WVVKLUC3WZD9D3AK5FACBX
    Media URN:
    VLVADR5WVVKLUC3WZD9D3AK5FACBX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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