R.A.N Vietnam Chronology 65-72

 

Vietnam Military Region MapRoyal Australian Navy Chronological History Of Vietnam Involvement 1965 - 1972

 

Glossary of Terms

AHC - Assualt Helicopter Company
ARVN - Army of Republic of Sth Vietnam
1ATV - 1st Australian Task Force
CDT - Clearance Diving Team
CTZ - Corps Tactical Zone
Corps - SVN Military Zones - 1 Corps, 2 Corps, etc. See map above
DDG - Guided Missile Destroyer
DMZ - Demilitarized Zone
EOD - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
HMAS - Her Majesty's Australian Ship
MV - Motor Vessel
NGFS - Naval Gunfire Support
NVA - North Vietnamese Army
RANHFV - Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam
RAR - Royal Australian Regiment (Infantry) 1 RAR = 1st Battalion
Slick - Troop Carrying helicopter
Stabledoor - Operation - Defence of South Vietnamese ports against underwater attack
Sea Dragon - Operation - Surface Ship Operations against North Vietnam.
Yankee Station - Patrol Area of USN Aircraft Carriers in Gulf of Tonkin.
Market Time - Surveillance of SVN Coastal Waters
Militatry Regions - SVN Zones, I Military Region, 2 Military Region etc. See map.

 

 

 

 

Navy Video - HMAS SYDNEY the 'Vung Tau' Ferry

 

1965

 

May 27th
HMAS Sydney departed Sydney for Vung Tau on 1st Vietnam voyage: I RAR embarked.

June 8th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: I RAR disembarked.

June 26th
Sydney arrived at Frernantle.

14th September
Sydney departed Brisbane on 2nd voyage.

28th September
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau.

October 20th
Sydney returned to Sydney.

 

1966

 

April 22nd
Sydney departed Sydney on 3rd voyage.

May 4th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau.

May 17th
MV Boonaroo left Sydney on 1st Vietnam voyage.

May 18th
Sydney returned to Sydney.

May 25th
Sydney departed Sydney on 4th voyage.

June 6th
Boonaroo arrived in Vietnam

June 6th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau.

June 17th
MV Jeparit left Sydney for Vung Tau on 1st Vietnam voyage.

July 5th
Sydney returned to Sydney.

July 5th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

July 8th
Boonaroo returned to Sydney.

August 22
Jeparit departed Sydney on 2nd voyage.

September 15
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

October 16
Jeparit departed Sydney on 3rd voyage.

November I
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

December 3
Jeparit departed Sydney on 4th voyage

December 17
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

1967

 

January 21st
Jeparit departed Sydney on 5th voyage

February 6th
First Contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

February 8th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

February 18th
CDT3 assumed Operation Stabledoor and EOD responsibilities at Vung Tau.

February 22nd
Boonaroo left Sydney on 2nd voyage to Vietnam via Melbourne.

 

March 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau: Operations in III Corps

For CDT3 and RANHFV, the Corps Tactical Zones given for each month are intended to indicate the general area of operations only. They are not exclusive of operations in other corps.

March 1st
White Ensign hauled down at 0900 and new Australian White Ensign hoisted in RAN ships and establishments.

March 1st
HMAS Boonaroo commissioned at Melbourne.

March 7th
HMAS Hobart departed Sydney on first Vietnam deployment.

March 9th
RAN detachment joined Jeparit at Sydney.

March 10th
Boonaroo departed Melbourne for Cam Ranh Bay, continuing her 2nd voyage.

March 11th
Jeparit departed Sydney on 6th voyage (1st with RAN detachment).

March 15th
Hobart joined US Seventh Fleet at US Naval Base, Subic Bay.

March 27th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

March 28th
Boonaroo arrived at Cam Ranh Bay.

March 31st
Hobart on station off Quang Ngai province, I Corps Tactical Zone, for NGFS.

 

April 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau, operations in III Corps.

April 1 - 15
Hobart NGFS in I Corps.

April 8th
Sydney departed Sydney on 5th voyage: 7 RAR embarked.

April 16 - 23
Hobart in Operation Sea Dragon.

April 20th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 7 RAR landed, 5 RAR embarked.

April 21st
Hobart received enemy fire north of Cap Falaise (first time under fire).

April 22nd
Hobart under fire near Song Ma river (second time).

April 23rd
Hobart left Sea Dragon for destroyer screen of USS Kittyhawk

April 28th
Jeparit departed Sydney on 7th voyage.

April 29th
Boonaroo arrived Sydney.

 

May 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.

May 6-8th
Hobart in destroyer screen of USS Kittyhawk.

May 8th
Boonaroo paid off at Melbourne.

May 8-26
Hobart in Operation Sea Dragon.

May 11th
Hobart under fire near mouth of Kien Giang (third time).

May 12th
Sydney arrived at Sydney: 5 RAR dis- embarked.

May 12th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

May 17th
Hobart under fire while bornbarding Truc Li ferry (fourth time).

May 18th
Hobart provided NGFS for Operation Beau Charger.

May 19th
Sydney left Brisbane on 6th voyage with 2 RAR embarked.

May 24th
Hobart under fire twice near Hon Matt island (fifth and sixth times).

May 30th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 2 RAR dis- embarked, 6 RAR embarked.

 

June 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.

June 9th
Jeparit left Sydney on' 8th voyage.

June 14th
Sydney arrived at Brisbane: 6 RAR dis- embarked.

June 15-22
Hobart NGFS in I Corps.

June 18th
Hobart in support of Operation Beacon Torch.

June 22nd
Hobart on northern Sea Dragon patrol.

June 28th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

July 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.

July 2nd
Hobart on southern Sea Dragon patrol and in destroyer screen of USS Forrestal

July 27th
Jeparit left Sydney on 9th voyage.

July 29th
Hobart joined USS Forrestal which was on fire in the Tonkin Gulf.

 

August 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.

August 1st
Hobart in northern Sea Dragon patrol.

August 2nd
Hobart, USS St Paul and USS Blue received enemy fire while bombarding Cong Phu railway spur (Hobart's seventh time under fire).

August 9th
Hobart and USS Boston under fire near Sam Son (eighth time for Hobart).

August IIth
Hobart and Boston under fire north of Hon Me island (ninth time for Hobart).

August 13th
Second Contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

August 15th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

July 26th
Able Seaman D. C. Trompp wounded in action in Phuoc Tuy province, first RAN casualty of Vietnam War.

 

September 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.

September 2nd
HMAS Perth left Sydney on first Vietnam deployment.

September 6-12
Hobart—NGFS northern I Corps.

September 14th
Hobart turned over to Perth at Subic Bay.

September 26-29
Perth provided NGFS for Operation Pershing in northern I Corps.

September 27th
Hobart returned to Sydney, ending first deployment.

September 30th
Perth NGFS near DMZ.

 

October 1967

 

CDT3:Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.

October 3rd
First Naval Staff Officer joined HQ Australian Force Vietnam in Saigon.

October 16th
1st Contingent RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV '67) joined US Army 135th Aviation Company at Vung Tau.

October 17th
Perth on northern Sea Dragon patrol.

October 18th
Perth and USS Newport News under fire near Sam Son. Perth hit by one shell with four sailors injured. (Perth first time under fire).

October 19th
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol. 30 Jeparit left Sydney on 10th voyage.

 

November 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

November 1st
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol. 2 135th Assault Helicopter Company began combat operations.

November 13
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

November 27
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

November 28
Perth assigned to northern Sea Dragon,

 

December 1967

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps*

December 3
Perth and USS Newport News under fire in Bay of Brandon {Perth second time).

December 13
Perth in southern Sea Dragon patrol.

December 16
135th AHC experienced first night combat operations.

December 16
Sydney left Adelaide on 7th voyage with 3 RAR embarked.

December 17
Perth and USS Hammer under fire off Dong Hoi. {Perth third time).

December 18
Jeparit left Sydney on 11th voyage.

December 27
Sydney arrived Vung Tau; 3 RAR dis- embarked.

December 31
135th AHC began operating from Camp Blackhorse near Xuan Loc, Long Khanh province

 

1968

 

January 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

3rd
Sydney arrived Fremantle.

3rd
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

9th
Perth on northern Sea Dragon patrol.

17th
Sydney left Sydney on 8th voyage.

20th
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

25th
Perth and USS Bordelon under fire near Cap St. Anne. {Perth fourth time).

 

February 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III and IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps,

3rd
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau.

9th
Jeparit left Sydney on 12th voyage.

12th
Third Contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

14th
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

16th
Sydney returned to Sydney.

22nd
Lieutenant Commander P. J. Vickers killed in action, near Xuan Loc, Long Khanh province.

24th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

March 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

 

11th
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

22nd
Hobart left Sydney for second Vietnam deployment.

23rd
Perth left Sea Dragon.

23rd
Jeparit left Sydney on 13th voyage.

27th
Sydney left Sydney on 9th voyage with I RAR embarked.

31st
Perth turned over to Hobart at Subic Bay.

 

April 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

9th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: I RAR disembarked, 7 RAR embarked.

9th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

10th
Perth returned to Sydney ending first deployment.

13-18th
Hobart NGFS off northern I Corps.

18th
Hobart on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

22nd
Hobart and USS Collett under fire near Dong Hoi. {Hobart tenth time).

23rd
Hobart and Collett under fire near Ke Anh {Hobart eleventh time).

26th
Sydney arrived in Sydney: 7 RAR dis- embarked.

 

May 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III and IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

10th
Jeparit left Sydney on 14th voyage.

20th
Hobart NGFS off northern I Corps.

21st
Sydney left Brisbane on 10th voyage with 4 RAR embarked.

24th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

June 1968

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

1st
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau; 4 RAR disembarked embarked, 2 RAR embarked.

11th
Hobart on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

13th
Sydney arrived at Brisbane: 2 RAR disembarked.

14th
Hobart and USS Chandler under fire north west of Cap Lay {Hobart twelfth time).

17th
Hobart hit by three missiles fired by a USAF aircraft north of Cap Lay. Chief Electrician R. H. Hunt and Ordinary Seaman R. J. Butterworth were killed and three sailors seriously injured.

21st
Jeparit left Sydney on 15th voyage

 

July 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III and IV Corps.

6th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

25th
Hobart took up NGFS station off Da Nang in I Corps after repair of missile damage at Subic Bay.

 

August 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

6th
Jeparit left Sydney on 16th voyage.

13th
Fourth Contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

14-22nd
Hobart NGFS in IV Corps, south west of Vung Tau.

21th
Lieutenant A. A. Casadio and Petty Officer 0. C. Phillips killed in action near Camp Blackhorse, Xuan Loc, Long Khanh pro- vince.

23-28th
Hobart NGFS off coast of Phuoc Tuy, III Corps.

26th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

September 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

9th
Second Contingent RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV '68) arrived in Vietnam.

14th-22nd
Hobart NGFS between Da Nang and Hue, I Corps.

19th
Perth left Sydney on second Vietnam deployment.

22-25th
Hobart NGFS in IV Corps.

22nd
Jeparit left Sydney on 17th voyage.

29th
Hobart turned over to Perth at Subic Bay.

 

October 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

7-9th
Perth NGFS near Da Nang, I Corps.

8th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

9-10th
Perth on Sea Dragon patrol.

10th
Perth and USS Leonard F. Mason under fire (Perth fifth time).

11th
Hobart returned to Sydney ending second deployment.

20-23
Perth on northern Sea Dragon patrol.

24-27th
Perth NGFS in northern I Corps.

27th
Perth on southern Sea Dragon patrol.

28th
Perth NGFS in northern I Corps.

 

November 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps,
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

Ist
US Joint Chiefs of Staff announced all sea, air and land bombardment of North Vietnam to cease at 2100 that night. Sea Dragon task units disbanded.

4th
Jeparit left Sydney on 18th voyage.

9th
Sydney left Adelaide on 11th voyage with 9 RAR embarked.

12-17th
Perth NGFS in II Corps.

17th-30th
Perth NGFS in IV Corps.

20th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 9 RAR disembarked.

21st
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

23rd
135th AHC moved to Bearcat in Bien Hoa province.

 

December 1968

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in III Corps.

5th
Sydney arrived at Sydney.

12-17th
Perth NGFS in I Corps.

18th
Perth NGFS in II Corps.

19th
Perth NGFS in III Corps.

20-26th
Perth NGFS in IV Corps.

28th
Jeparit left Sydney on 19th voyage.

 

 

1969

 

January 1969

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III and IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

3rd
Sub-Lieutenant A. J. Huelin killed in aircraft accident near Saigon.

9-17th
Perth NGFS in IV Corps.

14th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

28th
Perth joined destroyer screen of USS Kittyhawk.

 

February 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III and IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

3rd
Sydney left Sydney on 12th voyage with 5 RAR embarked.

IIth
Fifth Contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

15th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau:
5 RAR disembarked embarked.

22nd
Perth NGFS in I Corps.

28th
Sydney returned to Sydney.

 

February 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

3rd
Sydney left Sydney on 12th Voyage with 5 RAR Embarked

11th
5th Contingent CDT3 Arrived Vietnam

15th
Sydney arrived Vung Tau, 5 RAR Disembarked

22nd
Perth NGFS in 1 Corps

28th
Sydney Returned to Sydney

 

March 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

7-16th
Perth - NGFS in II Corps.

14th
Jeparit left Sydney on 20th voyage.

20th
Brisbane left Sydney on first Vietnam deployment.

30th
Brisbane relieved Perth at Subic Bay.

31
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

April 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

15-30th
Brisbane NGFS in IV Corps.

20th
Perth returned to Sydney completing second deployment.

24th
Jeparit left Sydney on 21st voyage.

 

May 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

1-17th
Brisbane NGFS in IV Corps.

5th
Sydney left Sydney on 13th voyage with 6 RAR embarked.

10th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

19th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 6 RAR disembarked embarked, 4 RAR embarked.

30th
Sydney arrived at Brisbane: 4 RAR disembarked embarked.

31st
Leading Aircrewman N. E. Shipp killed in action near Dong Tarn, Dinh Tuong province.

 

June 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

2nd
Jeparit left Sydney on 22nd voyage.

10-14th
Brisbane NGFS in II Corps.

15-16th
Brisbane NGFS in I Corps.

18-19th
Brisbane NGFS in II Corps.

20th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

30th
Brisbane attempted salvage of MV Sincere on fire in South China Sea.

 

July 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

1-3rd
Brisbane stood by MV Sincere.

15-31st
Brisbane NGFS in II Corps.

16th
Jeparit left Sydney on 23rd voyage.

31st
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

August 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau: operations in IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

1-2nd
Brisbane NGFS in II Corps.

3-6th
Brisbane NGFS in III Corps.

13th
Sixth contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

23-31st
Brisbane in destroyer screen of USS Oriskany.

 

September 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

1-13th
Brisbane in destroyer screens of USS Oriskany and USS Constellation.

7th
Jeparit left Sydney on 24th voyage.

10th
Third Contingent RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV '69) arrived at Bearcat.

15th
Vendetta left Sydney on Ist and Only Vietnam deployment.

26th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

28th
Brisbane turned over to Vendetta at Subic Bay.

 

October 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

2-19th
Vendetta NGFS in I Corps.

13th
Brisbane returned to Sydney, ending first deployment.

20-24th
Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

22nd
Jeparit left Sydney on 25th voyage.

 

November 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

9-10th
Vendetta NGFS in III Corps.

9th
J
eparit arrived at Vung Tau.

11-25th
Vendetta NGFS in I Corps.

16-29th
Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

17th
Sydney left Brisbane on 14th voyage with 8 RAR embarked.

28th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 8 RAR disembarked, 9 RAR embarked.

 

December 1969

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

9th
Sydney arrived at Adelaide: 9 RAR disembarked.

IIth
Jeparit commissioned at Sydney.

19th
Jeparit left Sydney on 26th voyage.

21-31st Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

 

1970

 

January 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

1-14th
Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

8th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

February 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III and IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

5th
Jeparit left Sydney on 27th voyage.

16th
Sydney left Sydney on 15th Vietnam voyage with 7 RAR embarked.

18-20th
Vendetta NGFS in III Corps.

21-28th
Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

27th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 7 RAR dis- embarked, 5 RAR embarked.

28th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

March 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

1-4th
Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

5th
Sydney arrived at Fremantle: 5 RAR dis- embarked.

IIth
Seventh Contingent CDT3 arrived in Vietnam.

15-16th
Vendetta NGFS in II Corps.

16th
Hobart left Sydney on third Vietnam deployment.

17-23rd
Vendetta NGFS in IV Corps.

26th
Jeparit left Sydney on 28th voyage.

28th
Vendetta turned over to Hobart at Subic Bay.

 

April 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

6-21th
Hobart NGFS in II Corps.

IIth
Vendetta returned to Sydney, ending Vietnam deployment.

13th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

22-30th
Hobart NGFS in I Corps.

 

May 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

11-14th
Hobart NGFS in II Corps.

15th
Jeparit left Sydney on 29th voyage.

15-22nd
Hobart NGFS in III Corps.

22-24th
Hobart NGFS in II Corps.

 

June 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

6-9th
Hobart—NGFS in II Corps.

9th Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

10-21st
Hobart NGFS in I Corps.

22nd
Able Seaman B. K. Wojcik killed in acci dent at Cam Ranh Bay.

 

July 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledo'or and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in III and IV Corps.
RANHFV: operations in IV Corps.

6th
Jeparit left Sydney on 30th voyage.

9-11th
Hobart NGFS in III Corps.

11-21st
Hobart NGFS in IV Corps.

21-23rd
Hobart NGFS in III Corps.

22nd
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

23-31st
Hobart NGFS in II Corps.

 

August 1970

 

CDT3: Operation Stabledoor and EOD at Vung Tau; operations in Military Region 1. RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

Ist
Corps tactical zones renamed Military Regions.

1-4th
Hobart NGFS in Military Region 2.

14th
CDT3 relinquished responsibility for Operation Stabledoor at Vung Tau.

14-29th
Hobart NGFS in Military Region 1.

15th
CDT3 left Vung Tau to join USN Support Facility at Da Nang.

18th
Jeparit left Sydney on 31st voyage.

 

September 1970

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang; operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

4th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

6th
135th AHC moved from Bearcat to Dong Tarn, Dinh Tuong province.

10th
Fourth Contingent RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV '70) arrived at Dong Tarn.

12-23rd
Hobart NGFS in Military Region 3.

14th
Perth departed Sydney on third Vietnam deployment.

28th
Hobart turned over to Perth at Subic Bay.

30th
Sydney left Sydney on 16th voyage via Singapore.

 

October 1970

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang; operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

Ist
Jeparit left Sydney on 32nd voyage.

3-24th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 1.

16th Eighth Contingent CDT3 arrived at Da Nang.

17th
Hobart arrived in Sydney, ending third deployment.

21st
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

31st
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 8 RAR embarked.

 

November 1970

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang; operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

4-16th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 1.

12th
Sydney arrived at Brisbane: 8 RAR dis- embarked.

15 Jeparit left Sydney on 33rd voyage.

17-18th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

 

December 1970

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang; operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

2-4th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 4.

3rd
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

5th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

5-20th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 4.

21-22nd
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

 

1971

 

January 1971

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang; operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

4th
Jeparit left Sydney on 34th voyage.

10-15th
Perth in destroyer screen of USS Hancock.

16-17th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

17-31st
Perth NGFS in Military Region 4.

21st
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

February 1971

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang; operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

1-2nd
Perth NGFS in Military Region 4.

15th Sydney left Adelaide on 17th voyage with 3 RAR Embarked

16th
Jeparit left Sydneyon 35th Voyage

22-23rd
Perth NGFS in Militarty Region 2.

23-28
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

25th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 3 RAR dis- embarked, 7 RAR embarked.

 

March 1971

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang, operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

1-2nd
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

2-4th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 2.

5th
Perth NGFS in Military Region 3.

7-11th
Perth in destroyer screen of USS Ranger and USS Kitty Hawk.

8th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

10th
Sydney returned to Sydney: 7 RAR dis- embarked.

16th
Brisbane left Sydney on second Vietnam deployment.

26th
Sydney left Adelaide on 18th voyage.

29th
Perth turned over to Brisbane at Subic Bay.

 

April 1971

 

CDT3: EOD at Da Nang, operations in Military Region 1.
RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

2nd
Jeparit left Sydney on 36th voyage.

5th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau.

5-6th
BrisbaneNGFS in Military Region 3.

8th
Perth returned to Sydney, ending third deployment.

8-15th
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 4.

17-21st
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 3.

19th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

19th
CDT3 relinquished responsibility for EOD at Da Nang to US Army.

23rd
Sydney returned to Sydney.

30th
Minister for Navy announced CDT3 and RANHFV would be withdrawn from Vietnam.

 

May 1971

 

RANHFV: operations in Military Region 4.

5th
Eighth Contingent CDT3 returned to Australia.

13th
Sydney departed Townsville on 19th voy age: 4 RAR embarked.

13th
Jeparit departed Sydney on 37th voyage.

15-31st
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 1.

22nd
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: 4 RAR dis- embarked, 2 RAR embarked.

31st
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

June 1971

 

Ist
Sydney arrived at Townsville: 2 RAR dis- embarked.

8th
RANHFV pilots ceased flying operations.

16th
Fourth Contingent RANHFV returned to Australia.

24-26th
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 3.

27-30th Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 4.

 

July 1971

 

1-21st
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 4.

3rd
Jeparit departed Sydney on 38th voyage.

21st
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

22-23rd
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 3.

 

August 1971

 

12th
Naval Staff Office, HQ Australian Force Vietnam closed.

15-31st
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 1.

18th
Prime Minister announced withdrawal of all remaining Australian combat forces in Vietnam. Brisbane not to be replaced.

20th
Jeparit departed Sydney on 39th voyage.

 

September 1971

 

1-6th
Brisbane NGFS in Military Region 2.

8th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

20th
Sydney departed Sydney on 20th voyage.

 

October 1971

 

6-7th
Sydney at Vung Tau: 3 RAR embarked.

IIth
Jeparit left Sydney on 40th voyage.

15th
Brisbane returned to Sydney, ending second deployment.

19th
Sydney arrived at Sydney.

26th
Sydney departed Sydney on 21st voyage.

27th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau,

 

November 1971

 

6th
Sydney at Vung Tau; final army units embarked.

18th
Sydney arrived at Sydney.

25th
Jeparit departed Sydney on 41st voyage.

 

December 1971

13th
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

 

1972

 

January 1972

10th
Jeparit departed Sydney on 42nd voyage.

February 1972

3rd
Jeparit arrived at Vung Tau.

14th
Sydney departed Sydney on 22nd voyage.

29th
Sydney arrived at Vung Tau: embarked 457 soldiers.

March 1972

11th
Jeparit returned to Sydney.

12th
Sydney returned to Sydney.

15th
Jeparit paid off in Sydney.