About This Unit
5 RAR was raised as part of the expansion of the Army that took place following the re-introduction of National Service, in March 1965.
It was to serve two Operational Tours of duty in South Vietnam, in 1966 and 1969.
In 1973, after the cessation of the Vietnam War and National Service, it was 'linked' with the 7th Battalion to become 5/7RAR, based at Tobruk Lines, Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney. During the period 1977 - 2006 it was tasked and structured as a Mechanised Battalion equipped with M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers.
In December 2006, as part of a major re-organisation of the Army's operational capability, 5/7 RAR 'de-linked' to restore the separate entities of the 5th and 7th Battalions of the Royal Australian Regiment. The two 'new' Battalions relinquished their mechnised infantry role, and became 'Motorised Infantry' equipped with Bushmaster Protected Infantry Mobility Vehicles and were assigned to Darwin (5 RAR) and Adelaide (7RAR) as part of the 1st Brigade headquartered in Darwin.
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