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Norforce Darwin
« on: August 01, 2016, 11:11:36 PM »
What would the TAC emblem have been for Norforce Darwin if it had one, is there a link/site to look these up.  I would like to put some tac plates on mine at some stage.
50.417 also has a 11 with an upside down triangle behind the door, I assume this was from its Norforce days.  I understood the triangle meant 1 squadron or A squadron, and thought the 11 was the vehicle number is this correct?  I have seen photos of another Norforce Landrover with this marking, so is the 11 the type of vehicle rather than the individual vehicle number?

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Re: Norforce Darwin
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2016, 01:48:31 AM »
Triangle is A sqn or Coy 11 is the radio callsign of the veh or who it belongs to 11 would be troop leader 1 troop A Sqn
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Re: Norforce Darwin
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2016, 10:23:13 AM »
Thanks Geoff, I have seen another vehicle with the 11 and triangle, would the other be the predecessor of successor to this call sign after mine transferred to Perth from Darwin, or do several vehicles get the same call sign?  I would also love to know where to look up the Norforce Darwin TAC emblem if it has one.
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Re: Norforce Darwin
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2016, 01:27:15 PM »
The call sign would not normally appear twice in the same unit but 2 units operating close to each other may have the same call signs but different radion nets :)
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Re: Norforce Darwin
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2016, 08:47:06 PM »
G 'day David.
The RFSU are organized in effectively the same fashion, only the names for formations differ.
51 FNQR uses the standard infantry company/platoon designations. Norforce and Pilbarra use the SASR squadron/troops , both have patrols of six men not sections of 9, as the smallest sub-unit.

For 51, our callsign (and by extension, vehicle designation) was company first (A,B,C,D/ Darwin, Kimberly, Centre, Arnhem- 1,2,3,4 respectively), then platoon (1-5) followed by Patrol designation (A-D).
Therefore, 11 belongs to alpha company/ squadron, 1 platoon/ troop. This differs from the 'real' army in that we didn't us the callsigns to designate seniority.

Now also remember that you need 2 vehicles per patrol, making you could find 2X 12A's out there.

I've seen a few marked 11, so maybe they stopped short of IDing the patrols and left it at platoon/ troop level.
I hope this helps.
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Re: Norforce Darwin
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2016, 02:39:27 AM »
And to add to Dave,  Pilbara Regt did not carry or display such markings.

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Re: Norforce Darwin
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2016, 02:35:18 PM »
Thanks Welby.
Long time, no hear. How's things on the west?
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