New Zealand military base in Singapore

This 1975 aerial photgraph shows Dieppe Barracks, the base of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR) in Singapore.

1RNZIR was relocated south from Terendak Camp in Malaysia to Singapore in December 1969. At first they were stationed at Nee Soon Garrison, but in June 1971 they were moved to Dieppe Barracks. New Zealand maintained its battalion in Singapore until 1989.

Before the 1RNZIR took over the site, Dieppe Barracks was the home of Number 40 Royal Marine Commando. The presence of British military bases in Singapore was one reason for Indonesian President Surkano’s hostility towards Malaysia, which, during part of the Confrontation period, incorporated Singapore.

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Ray

Posted: 27 Aug 2021

Are servicemen that served in Singapore in the 70s classed as returned servicemen

Toi

Posted: 02 Feb 2021

Sorry I just posted before lookkmg for my dads army mates to let them know he has passed away. But I forgot to mention my dads name..

Rakino Kingi from NZ..
IRNZIR Transport Platoon
SINGAPORE 1979-1983

Again would love to hear from any replies..

02102624726 NZ
00642102624726 International

Thanks
Toi

Toi

Posted: 01 Feb 2021

Kia Ora

I am looking for my dads army mates who were part of the
IRNZIR Transport Platoon
Singapore 1979- 1983 .

I want to let them know that he has passed away and service will be held via Zoom this;
Thursday 4th February NZ time.

I have pictures of his army mates ...so not sure how I can share so as to find you all.

Please contact me on;

02102624726 NZ
00642102624726 International

Look forward to any reply.

Thanks Toi

Brian Green

Posted: 16 Sep 2020

I wish to contact Brett Bestic......C.O. of the Battalion in the 80's. Brett and I were referees in Singapore.............Brian Green

annie

Posted: 11 Aug 2020

I AM LOOKING FOR PILOT MICHAEL JONE BASE IN SEMBAWANG DURING THE 80'S

Tana Haerewa

Posted: 03 Jul 2019

Hi Christin I served with your dad 1982 83 as an Assault Pioneer in Singapore

Clive Fremlin

Posted: 12 Jun 2019

Hi Christina,
Yes I know your dad Mike Kennedy. We served together overseas with 1 RNZIR in 1971

Christina

Posted: 03 Jul 2018

Does anyone on here know my father Michael kennedy?

Gareth Phipps

Posted: 13 Sep 2017

Hi Gavin - thanks for this. I've updated the caption accordingly. Regards, Gareth Phipps

Gavin Lawrence

Posted: 12 Sep 2017

Dieppe Barracks was not the NZ Military HQ in Singapore, it was the home of the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1 RNZIR). The vast majority of NZ servicemen in South East Asia were housed at Dieppe and it was arguably the "center of gravity" for NZ Forces from 1971 to 1989. The actual tri-service headquarters was located at the Sembawang Naval Base and was designated as Headquarters, New Zealand Forces South East Asia (HQ NZFORSEA), commanded by a Brigadier or equivalent.

Regardless, 1 RNZIR was the combat element of New Zealand's contribution to 28 Commonwealth Brigade (then briefly 28 ANZUK Brigade) before the brigade's eventual disbandment in 1974. 1 RNZIR was the only significant element of the brigade to remain in place after the disbandment. The other two infantry battalions 6 RAR (Australia) and 1 RHF (UK) were redeployed to their home countries.

Dieppe Barracks holds a special place in the history of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and in the hearts of the thousands of New Zealand infantrymen who served there and those last few who deployed to South Vietnam in 1971 and 1972 from there. Dieppe was the center of post-Vietnam infantry training in close country (jungle) warfare and counter-insurgency operations where the skills and lessons learnt from operations in Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam (1958 - 1972) were practiced and retained.

In 1987 the decision to withdraw from Dieppe was made by the government of the day and in 1989 the redeployment of 1 RNZIR was completed to Linton Camp near Palmerston North. A very good TVNZ report on the redeployment is at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz7rnEiPk_g

Some interesting notes about this particular photograph of Dieppe Barracks are that the Nee Soon Barracks (1 RNZIR's home from 1969-1971) are visible at the very top of the picture, and the only significant buildings not included in the picture is the Officer's Mess complex, which has been cut off from the lower right.

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