Nui Dat

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Nui Dat
Nui Dat is located in Vietnam
Nui Dat
Nui Dat
Coordinates 10°33′25″N 107°13′20″E / 10.55694°N 107.22222°E / 10.55694; 107.22222 (Nui Dat)
Site information
Condition Abandoned
Site history
Built 1966
In use 1966–72
Battles/wars Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
Vietnam War
Garrison information
Occupants 1st Australian Task Force
Luscombe Airfield
IATA: noneICAO: none
Summary
Elevation AMSL 115 ft / 35 m
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2,900 884 asphalt

Nui Dat (Núi Đất) is a former 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) base now part of Ba Ria city in Ba Ria–Vung Tau province, Vietnam. It is not the name of an official ward, it just means "clay hill" (núi đất).

History[edit]

1966–72[edit]

In 1966, when the area was part of the then Phuoc Tuy Province it was the location of a prominent 1 ATF military base in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The site was chosen by Lieutenant General John Wilton in 1966 and was built mainly by men from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.[1] The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4,000-metre (4,400 yd) radius of the base in order to ensure the security of the facility. Ultimately this policy—which was an unusual step among allied bases in Vietnam—required the resettlement of the villages of Long Tan, with a population of 1000, and Long Phuoc, with a population of 3000. Both villages were subsequently destroyed; a task which was complete by July 1966.[2] After the withdrawal of Australian forces in December 1972, the base was "stripped bare".[3][4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ham 2007, p. 188.
  2. ^ McNeill 1993, pp. 240–241.
  3. ^ Guest & McNeill 1992, p. 174.
  4. ^ Kelley 2002, pp= 5–368.

References[edit]

  • Guest, Robert; McNeill, Ian (1992). The Team in Pictures: A Pictorial History of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, 1962–1972. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: National Executive, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association. ISBN 9780646104447. 
  • Ham, Paul (2007). Vietnam: The Australian War. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-7322-8237-0. 
  • Kelley, Michael (2002). Where We Were in Vietnam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Firebases, Military Installations, and Naval Vessels of the Vietnam War. Central Point: Hellgate Press. ISBN 978-1555716257. 
  • McNeill, Ian (1993). To Long Tan: The Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1950–1966. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-282-9. 

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