Rifle Company Butterworth is an Australian Army infantry company based at RMAF Base Butterworth in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia. Rifle Company Butterworth was established in 1970 to provide a protective and quick-reaction force for RAAF Base Butterworth during a resurgence of the Communist insurgency in Malaysia. While RAAF Base Butterworth was handed to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in 1988 and the insurgency officially ended in 1989, Rifle Company Butterworth has been maintained as a means of providing Australian soldiers with training in jungle warfare and cross-training with the Malaysian Army. The company is staffed on a rotational basis, with both Regular and Reserve personnel being deployed quarterly.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Communist insurgency in Malaysia (1968–89)
- Malayan Emergency (1948–1960)
- Sarawak Communist Insurgency
- Operation Gateway
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "Australian Defence Force says military exercises in South China Sea region not aimed at Beijing" ABC News. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
- Horner 2008, p. 256.
- "Castlemaine soldier training and translating with army in Malaysia" Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
- "Five Powers join hands for Bersama Lima" Australian Defence Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
- Horner 2008, p. 340.
- "Reservists ready for the frontline" Townsville Bulletin. Retrieved 2017-03-23
References[edit | edit source]
- Horner, David; Bou, Jean (2008). Duty First: A History of the Royal Australian Regiment (2nd ed.). Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74175-374-5.
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- Recognition Of RCB Service - RCB Review Group Recognition Of RCB Service Website
- Royal Australian Regiment Society of South Australia Appeal for AASM Entitlements For Military Service as Rifle Company Butterworth In Malaysia 1970–1989
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