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14 WORLD NEWS
Army December 10, 2009
By Capt Chris Hawkins
THREE M113A1s, one of which
saw service in Vietnam, have had
their last street patrol in East Timor
before being cleaned in preparation
for shipping back to Australia.
Three Black Hawks over-flew the
APCs towards the end of their final
"This is a big milestone for 1 Armd
Regt to see the last M113A1s on an
operation," troop leader Lt Nathan
Scott said. "It's the end of more than
40 years of proud history."
The M113A1s were first introduced
in 1965. Six of them have been in serv-
ice in East Timor since the outbreak
of violence there in 2006. After they
return to Australia these vehicles will
be converted into M113AS4s.
Driving Lt Scott's vehicle, LCpl
Zachery Williams said part of the rea-
son the vehicle had been so successful
was "its simple design".
"The M113 is easy to maintain and
keep running. It is also straightfor-
ward to upgrade, and there have been
many variations of the vehicles since
its introduction in the 1960s."
The M113A1s have been an impor-
tant part of Australia's mission in
East Timor since they were first used
to secure the Dili area when Interfet
inserted in 1999.
Since 2006 the APCs have been
used to carry the Quick Response
Force (QRF), made up of Australian
and New Zealand infantry who are
dispatched to deal with any outbreaks
of civil unrest in the capital.
Driving the QRF has now been
taken over by the New Zealand Queen
Alexandra Mounted Rifles, using light
Lt Scott said his troop had worked
closely with the Kiwis to ensure they
could pick up where the M113A1s left
off, and the camaraderie between the
armoured personnel had been high.
"With this being an Anzac battle
group here in East Timor, I think it
is great to have a New Zealand troop
sergeant out here on the last M113A1
operational patrol," he said.
Stepping down from his APC at
the end of the patrol, LCpl Williams
could not resist asking that one quote
be included in the story on the Darwin-
based 1 Armd Regt's role. "Tanks save
lives. Tanks provide protection for the
infantry on the battlefield," he said
with a big grin, clearly hoping to get a
rise from infantry members.
By Capt Chris Hawkins
SOLDIERS from 1 Armd Regt and the
New Zealand Army Queen Alexandra's
Mounted Rifles stood in silent respect
at a Cambrai Day dawn service in East
Timor to remember armoured corps
personnel killed in battle.
The service was held at the
Cristo Rei statue overlooking Dili on
Cambrai Day marks the anni-
versary of the first use of tanks as a
strategic weapon. On November 20,
1917, 376 tanks, led by a Mark 4 tank
named 'Hilda', took part in the Battle
of Cambrai in northern France.
Lt Nathan Scott, commander of the
APC troop in East Timor, said the cer-
emony was important for the soldiers
who had an enduring connection to the
armoured corps personnel who have
served over the decades.
"It is now 92 years since the first
tank drove into battle and broke the
Hindenburg line," Lt Scott said after
"Since then tanks have played deci-
sive roles in defending the interests of
Australia, New Zealand and our allies.
"It is also remembered by my crew
and myself that many armoured per-
sonnel lives have been lost, and we can
never forget their ultimate sacrifice for
their nation. We remember them, and
all the 'tankies' who have fought in
armoured vehicles through the years."
NEW Zealand's Lt Chris
Cunningham stole victory from
Australia's Cpl Richard Johnston
in the last few metres of a 21km
half-marathon in East Timor on
The event took 55 runners from
the start line at the New Zealand
Ambassador's residence on a loop
around Dili to cross the finish line
back on Dili's foreshore.
The New Zealand Defence
Force arranged the run to test the
mettle of ISF members, maintain
fitness levels and lift moral.
Endurance event honours are
now evenly shared between the
Australians and the Kiwis as ear-
lier in the year Australia's Cpl
Emily Dutton won a 30km race
from Metinaro to Dili.
The next endurance race is set
for early 2010.
"HE was the dad I never
met; it has taken all my
life to find him."
Fred Logan spoke
those words after the bur-
ial of his father, Lt Tim
Logan, at the Bomana
War Cemetery in Port
Moresby, Papua New
Guinea, on December 1.
Lt Logan, LSgt
James Wheeler and two
unknown Australian sol-
diers killed in World War
II were buried during the
During the service,
Mr Logan and Helen
Kirton, the sister of
LSgt Wheeler, were pre-
sented with their rela-
DCA Maj-Gen Paul
Symon said the four sol-
diers were killed "defend-
ing the values and way of
life we Australians know
Guard members fired vol-
leys over the graves. The
soldiers' remains were
recovered from battlefields
around Buna, Sanananda
APCs last Timor patrol
Timor toil: Cpl Richard Johnston
on his way to second place.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
in East Timor
parties stand in
honour as coffins
before burial at
Cpl Hamish Paterson
Salute from above: APCs on their last patrol in the streets of Dili as Black
Hawks hover overhead.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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