malaysia Nanga Gaat / RNAS Tauari

Nanga Gaat, Sarawak

120.6 44 Belaga, Sarawak
145.6340WBGB Bintulu, Sarawak
167.8284WBGS Sibu, Sarawak
171.0254 Bukit Lanjak, Sarawak
232.5251WBGY Simanggang, Sarawak
261.8 55 Long Banga, Sarawak

1963 to 1966

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

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




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1965-apr-12 AccidentUK Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS151
1965-apr-12 AccidentUK Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS154

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