| 1 November 1971 – 16 December 1974|
Rear Admiral David Wells
ANZUK was a tripartite force formed by Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to defend the Asian Pacific region after the United Kingdom withdrew forces from the east of Suez in the early 1970s. The ANZUK force was formed in Singapore on 1 November 1971 under Rear Admiral David Wells and disbanded in 1974.
ANZUK initially consisted of the following major units:9 ANZUK Signal Regiment: Under command of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, 9th(ANZUK) Signal Regiment task was to support the ANZUK Force, which in 1970 had replaced the British Forces Headquarters and Installations in Singapore. this joint service, multi national regiment took over, as going concerns, the Royal Navy Transmitter Stations at Suara, and the Royal Navy Receiver Station Kranji. The regiment employed New Zealand and British Army, Navy and Air Force Personnel together with locally enlisted Singaporean, British, New Zealand and Australian civilian technicians and communication specialists. In addition there was operational control of a group of Malaysian Navy communicators, which were to interface the force with the Malaysian Navy.
ANZUK Traffic Management Agency (ATMA)
ANZUK Intelligence and Security Unit
65 Ground Liaison Section
ANZUK Provost Unit
Naval componentTwo RN frigates
RN or RAN submarine
The land component of ANZUK Force was essentially the units of 28th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade Group renamed and relocated from Malaysia to Singapore.
Brigade Commanders of 28 ANZUK Brigade were:Brigadier Michael Walsh 1971–1972
Brigadier Kennedy 1972–1974
Units that constituted 28 ANZUK Brigade were:6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Kangaw Barracks
1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, Dieppe Barracks
1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers, Meerut Barracks
28th ANZUK Field Regiment,
Combined Australian/British HQ Battery
1st Battery Royal Artillery “The Blazers
106th Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery
161 Battery Royal New Zealand Artillery(1972 only)
28 ANZUK Field Squadron
28 ANZUK Aviation Squadron
182 Reconnaissance Flight RAAF (two helicopters),
No. 656 Squadron AAC (two flights)
28 (ANZUK) Brigade HQ and Signal Squadron
Transport ElementCommander Royal Australian Army Service Corps (CRAASC) and staff
ANZUK Base Transport UnitHeadquarters
90 Transport Platoon, RAASC
402 Troop, RCT
ANZUK Supply Depot
ANZUK Postal and Courier Unit.
Ordnance ElementANZUK Ordnance Depot
To support the Land Army component of the ANZUK Force, the ANZUK Ordnance Depot was established from the existing Australian/New Zealand 5 Advanced Ordnance Depot. Located in the premises vacated by the Royal Navy Victualling Depot on the dockside at Sembawang Naval Base. Ordnance support to ANZUK Force was based upon an integrated supply service manned by service personnel from the RAOC, RAAOC and RNZAOC with locally employed civilians (LEC) performing the basic clerical, warehousing and driving tasks. ANZUK Ordnance Depot was constituted of the following elements:
Stores Sub Depot
Vehicle Sub Depot
Ammunition Sub Depot
Barrack Services Unit
Workshop ElementANZUK Area Workshops
No. 3 Squadron RAAF – Mirages
No. 41 Squadron RNZAF – Bristol freighters and Iroquois helicopters
No. 75 Squadron RAAF – Mirages
No. 103 Squadron RAF – Whirlwind (later Wessex) helicopters
No. 205 Squadron RAF – Shackletons
By 1973 the political climate in Australia and the United Kingdom had changed and it was time for ANZUK to be disbanded. Rear Admiral Wells, the First ANZUK commander who established the Force, had the task of planning the run-down phase and handing over to his successor Air-Vice-Marshal Wakeford, to follow through.
Australia would be retaining a presence in Butterworth in Malaysia and the United Kingdom had decided to withdrawal all its forces East of Suez, It was in New Zealand's interest to retain a force in South East Asia, so on 30 January 1974 New Zealand Force South East Asia was formed, taking under its command all the New Zealand units formerly part of ANZUK.
Over the course of 1974 the integrated units which made up the ANZUK were gradually disbanded and replaced by national units. On 16 December 1974 the Naval and Air Headquarters were disbanded and their assets reverted to their respective national command and what remained of the United Kingdoms Land component forces became 28 (UK) Inf Bde.
By 1977 NZFORSEA was the sole remaining foreign presence in Singapore.