On 31 August I laid a wreath at the Commemorative Service at State War Memorial Flame of Remembrance, Kings Park honouring the 53rd anniversary of the cessation of the Malayan Emergency with the Malaya Borneo Veterans, Western Australia.
I was honoured to be here this year as I was last year.
Malaysia also celebrated the 56th Anniversary of Independence.
Australia's involvement in the Malayan Emergency began in 1950 with the arrival of RAAF aircraft and personnel in Singapore.
Dakotas from 38 Squadron were deployed on cargo runs, troop movements, and paratroop and leaflet drops in Malaya, while six Lincoln bombers of 1 Squadron provided the backbone of air operations.
By October 1955, when the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), arrived in Penang, the outcome of the Emergency was no longer in doubt, although a lengthy "mopping up" stage followed, largely undertaken by Australian troops.
2RAR left Malaya in October 1957 and was replaced by 3RAR in the same month. After six weeks of training in jungle warfare 3RAR began driving the insurgents into the jungle.
Early successes for the Battalion confirmed the growing ascendancy of the security forces over the insurgents and by late 1959 operations were in their final phase.
3RAR left Malaya in October 1959 and were replaced by 1RAR.
As the threat continued to dissipate, the Malayan Government officially declared the Emergency over on 31 July 1960, although Australian forces would remain in Malaya for a further three years.
Lasting 13 years, the Malayan Emergency was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history.
Thirty-nine Australian servicemen were killed in Malaya, including 15 on operations, and 27 servicemen were wounded.
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