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VETERANS from the Malaya and
Borneo conflicts have commemo-
rated both campaigns at the third
annual event since being recog-
nised with a day of remembrance in 2011.
Held on August 31, the commemora-
tions marked the 47th anniversary of the
end of the Indonesian Confrontation with
Malaysia and the 53rd anniversary of the
end of the Malayan Emergency.
John Williamson's song True Blue
played in the background while wreaths
were laid, differing to most traditional
military services but adding to the solemn
service and sense of Anzac tradition.
National Malaya and Borneo Veterans
Association SA/NT State President Brian
Selby said this year's commemoration
"It was very well attended with more
than 200 people," Mr Selby said.
"It was perfect weather and held at
the War Memorial Gardens at Hilton in
Australian troops deployed as part of
the Malayan Emergency from 1948-60
and once again as part of the Indonesian
Confrontation from 1962-1966.
May 2014 will mark the 50th anniver-
sary of the embarkation of amphibious
troops and elements of RAAF 5SQN
(Iroquois) embarked in HMAS Sydney in
The troops were later joined by HMA
Ships Parramatta and Yarra, Navy's 16th
Minesweeper Squadron and 32 Small Ship
Squadron from Army RAE.
Mr Selby said the day had a special
place in his heart having served in a unit
where he lost two mates.
"Vietnam wasn't the only conflict dur-
ing that era," he said.
"A lot of people have no idea we were
up there as part of a Commonwealth
contingent defending Malaya over two
Plans are under way to commemorate the
anniversary next year and members of the units
involved are requested to register their details
with the association through its website www.
Veterans gather to commemorate the end of two
conflicts, CPL Nick Wiseman reports.
THE Malayan Emergency was
declared on June 18, 1948, after
three estate managers were mur-
dered by guerrillas of the Malayan
Communist Party in Perak, northern
Australia's involvement began
in 1950 with the arrival of RAAF
aircraft and personnel in Singapore.
In 1955 Australia agreed to
increase its military assistance by
contributing Navy, Army and Air
Force units to a Malaysian-based
Commonwealth Strategic Reserve.
The RAN's contribution was two
destroyers or frigates, an aircraft
carrier on an annual visit and addi-
tional ships if an emergency arose.
Subsequently, in June 1955
HMA Ships Warramunga and
Arunta became the first RAN ves-
sels to join the force.
Other ships that served
in Malayan waters during the
Emergency were HMA Ships
Anzac, Melbourne, Quadrant,
Quickmatch, Sydney, Tobruk,
Vampire, Vendetta and Voyager;
some of which took part in shore
bombardments against terrorist
positions in the Johore State.
The naval contribution would
amount to some 1500 personnel
annually out of an Australian total
of 4736, although the former fig-
ure included the 1000 men for the
regular visit of the carrier and its
The Malayan Government offi-
cially declared the Emergency over
on July 31, 1960
Australia suffered 39 casualties
throughout the Emergency.
Fifteen deaths occurred as a
result of operations and 27 were
AT THE end of the Malayan Emer-
gency Australia agreed to keep forces in
Malaya-Singapore as part of the British
Commonwealth Strategic Reserve.
The RAN had two frigates, Yarra and
Parramatta on duty when the Indonesian
policy of 'confrontation' began with the
new nation of Malaysia.
Indonesian forces made shore land-
ings in Borneo and Malaya, paratroopers
were dropped into Malaya early in the
confrontation and naval skirmishes oc-
curred in the straits of Malacca.
As tension mounted, the RAN
increased its presence by sending
HMAS Sydney, the destroyers Vampire,
Vendetta and Duchess and the frigate,
Derwent to the area.
The 16th Minesweeping Squad-
ron comprising six Ton-class coastal
minesweepers, HMA Ships Teal, Hawk,
Gull, Snipe, Ibis and Curlew, was also
assigned, arriving in Malaysian waters in
The Navy continued to patrol and
protect Malaysia with RAN destroyers,
frigates and minesweepers maintaining
patrols in the Malacca, Singapore and
Johore Straits and in the Tawau area of
North Borneo as well as joining in exercis-
es with fleet units of the Malaysian Navy.
The conflict ended with the two sides
signing a peace treaty in Bangkok in
Australia suffered 23 casualties
throughout the Confrontation. Seven
were killed on operations and eight were
-- Information sourced from Seapower Centre
PROUD SERVICE: Six Ton-class minesweepers, including HMA Ships Snipe and Curlew (pictured),
served in Malayan Borneo during the Indonesian Confrontation.
WE REMEMBER: The catafalque party at the West
Torrens War Memorial in Adelaide commemorates
the 47th anniversary of the end of the Indonesian
Confrontation with Malaysia and the 53rd anniversary of
the end of the Malayan Emergency.
for the third
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