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  • malaysia Nanga Gaat / RNAS Tauari

    Nanga Gaat, Sarawak


    Satellite and aerial maps of Nanga Gaat with nearby locations

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    120.6044 Belaga, Sarawak
    145.6340WBGB Bintulu, Sarawak
    167.8284WBGS Sibu, Sarawak
    171.0254 Bukit Lanjak, Sarawak
    232.5251WBGY Simanggang, Sarawak
    261.8055 Long Banga, Sarawak

    1963 to 1966

    1° 53' 7.43'' N - 113° 26' 50.14'' E
    Jungle base at river junction
    Elevation: 125 feet

    History of this Location

    Established as a tactical forward operating base, deep into Sarawak, approaching the Indonesian (Kalimantan province) border, towards the end of 1963 from an 845 NAS initiative. At the confluence of two significant rivers (the Baleh and the Gaat) draining the highland interior, as well as being able to receive fuel drums by water, it also helped aircrew find the base, given the poor state of charts at the time. This refueling stop helped to extend the on-mission time of the helicopter force and allow them to increase payload lift by operating with less fuel and return to replenish. During 1966, the jungle site was named RNAS Tauari.

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    List of units at Nanga Gaat

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1965UK 848 NASWhirlwind 1965/66
    Wessex 1964/76
    1963/65UK 845 NASWhirlwind 1964/65
    UH-12E Raven 1964/65
    Wessex 1962/65



    List of aircraft and events at Nanga Gaat

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    1965-apr-12 AccidentRN HAS.1 XS151
    1965-apr-12 AccidentRN HAS.1 XS154

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