4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment

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4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment
Rnswr badge.gif
Badge of the Royal New South Wales Regiment
Active 26 September 1987 – Present
Country Australia Australia
Branch Army
Type Light Infantry
Size One Battalion
Part of 5th Brigade
Garrison/HQ Sutherland, New South Wales
Motto(s) For Home and Country
Colours White and Green
March Quick, Slow
Anniversaries ANZAC Day
Colonel-in-Chief HM The Queen (Australian Infantry Corps)
Unit Colour Patch 4-3 RNSWR UCP.PNG

4th/3rd Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment (4/3 RNSWR) is a Reserve light infantry battalion of the Australian Army. 4/3 RNSWR has been deployed on active service on many peacekeeping operations and exercises within Australia and around the world. The Battalion is currently based at Sutherland, New South Wales where it forms part of the 5th Brigade.



The 1987 reorganisation of the Army Reserve, involving a reduction in the number of infantry battalions across Australia, brought about a linking of the 3rd and 4th Battalions, and a public ceremony on 26 September of that year marked the presence of the new 4/3 RNSWR.[1]

The new battalion, now extending across south-eastern New South Wales, has continued its standard training programmes in pursuit of its operational readiness objectives.

Significant groups of unit members attended the Royal Regiment of Wales Tercentenary celebrations in Cardiff, in 1989, and the 75th Anniversary Commemoration at Gallipoli in 1990, and the unit has had ongoing involvement in Australian and overseas exercise training programmes.

Recent operations and exercises[edit]

Operation Anode[edit]

Operation Anode is the Australian Defence Force's role in supporting RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands). Soldiers from 4/3 RNSWR has supported RAMSI in multiple brigade led deployments as a peacekeeping force to assist local and international police force’s in the re-stabilisation of the Solomon Islands in conjunction with the New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tongan defence forces.

Operation Astute[edit]

Operation Astute was an Australian-led military deployment to East Timor to quell unrest and return stability in the 2006 East Timor crisis.

Operation Resolute[edit]

Operation Resolute is commanded by the joint civilian-military Border Protection Command and the ADF contributes Royal Australian Navy ships, Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and patrols from the Australian Army's Regional Force Surveillance Units as required. Soldiers from 4/3 RNSWR have been regularly deployed on OP Resolute.

Commanding Officers[edit]

Dates Name
26 Sep 87 – 31 Jan 89 LTCOL F.G. Harvison, RFD
1 Feb 89 – 24 Mar 91 LTCOL P.F. Murphy, RFD
25 Mar 91 – 31 Dec 93 LTCOL M.F. Peebles, RFD
1 Jan 94 – 31 Dec 96 LTCOL M. Vertzonis, RFD
1 Jan 97 – 31 Dec 99 LTCOL P. Brereton, RFD, SC
1 Jan 01 – 31 Dec 01 LTCOL T. Vail, RFD
01 Jan 02 – 31 Dec 03 LTCOL A.M. Bell, RFD
01 Jan 04 – 31 Dec 05 LTCOL L.G Lucas
1 Jan 06 – 31 Dec 07 LTCOL G.R Weir
1 Jan 08 – 31 Dec 09 LTCOL M.J Callan
1 Jan 10 – 31 Dec 12 LTCOL M.A. Sasse
1 Jan 13 – 31 Dec 14 LTCOL R.J. Miller
1 Jan 15 – Current LTCOL A.P.Bailey

Current composition[edit]

4/3 RNSWR currently consists of:[2]

  • Battalion Headquarters
  • 3 Rifle Companies – 'B', 'C' and 'D'
  • 1 mortar company – '23rd Light Battery'


  1. ^ Harris, Ted. "Off Orbat Units of the Royal New South Wales Regiment". Digger History. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Depot Locations". 4/3 RNSWR website. Australian Army. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 

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