The rise in so-called insider attacks by rogue Afghan security forces has highlighted the perils of joint operations in counter-insurgency. But former US soldier David Donovan, who fought in Vietnam, says lessons learnt long ago have been forgotten.
On Saturday 15 September 2012, 18 retired gunners from the RNZA Association were hosted on the gunline during a live firing exercise by 161 Battery, 16 Field Regiment in Waiouru (just off the Carbuncle Track to be a bit more precise). Exercise BEN CAT was a tactical exercise in support of D Company, 2/1 RNZIR, and was also used by the Regiment and the School of Artillery for assessment of various key appointments in the Battery. This great occasion for the Association members took place 47 years after OPERATION BEN CAT, and nearly to the day (14 September) when 161 Battery received its first operational casualties in VietNam.
'The first major operation for the Battery (in VietNam) was a 14 day deployment named after the town closest to the gun position BEN CAT, over the period 14-28 September 1965. This operation was also a first for 1 RAR . . . . read more. . . .
The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery is playing their annual ‘Morning Melodies’ concert at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna on Monday 24th September at 11.00am, and would welcome the support of Association members - tickets are $5 from the Box Office orwww.ticketmaster.co.nz.
This is the Band’s first public performance since their recent disestablishment by NZ Defence Force. They are determined to carry on as a ‘military’ band and the Band Association is working hard to establish a new framework and funding.
You may be unaware that the RNZA Assn will be launching its new updated website on 1 October 2012. It is happening, and WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS. Old, new, in the field, in the mess - WE WANT THEM ALL. So, if you`d like to share your memories, or just have something which records a moment in history, email your gunner photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And please include: WHO is in the photo - WHAT it is about - WHEN and WHERE.