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  Nui Dat
the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) operational base
in Phuoc Tuy Province
     
     
    Nui Dat is a relatively small hill on Route 2, south of Binh Ba, and north of Hoa Long. It was a reasonably central position in the province.

The hill itself was surrounded by an old rubber plantation, in which 1 ATF built it's operational base.

The base had been established in June 1966 by the 5th and 6th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR and 6RAR). When we arrived it was occupied by two infantry battalions (6RAR and 7RAR), a squadron of armoured personnel carriers (A Sqn 3 Cavalry Regiment), three batteries of field artillery of 4th Field Regiment (including 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery), a squadron of engineers (1st Field Squadron), a light aircraft unit (161st Independent Reconnaissance Flight), 104 Signals Squadron, and Headquarters 1 ATF.

There were also two American artillery units located there: A Battery 2/35 US Artillery with six 155mm self propelled guns, and 1/83 Company US Artillery with two 8-inch self-propelled guns and two 175mm self-propelled guns.

We were also supported by Iroquois helicopters from 9 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force based at the Australian logistics base at Vung Tau, and as required, by American helicopter units.

Vung Tau, was a large port and American logistics base 20 miles south of Nui Dat, within which the Australians located their own logistics base and its headquarters (1st Australian Logistics Support Group - 1 ALSG).

When not on major operations beyond the immediate area of Nui Dat and the Horseshoe, infantry units and sub-units, including Victor Company, spent most of their time patrolling the areas surrounding the base, thus ensuring its security.

See photograph of Nui Dat, July 2000.

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