Operation Lawley
22/23 December 1967
Operation Lawley was the first operation in which part of the Company participated.  This
was a battalion cordon and search of the village of Ngai Giao situated on Route 2 north of the
task force base.  While the fly-in was in progress, a road convoy carrying the Screening
Centre and 2 Platoon W Company moved to the area by Route 2.  The convoy was protected
by the Cavalry Squadron which also had the task of securing Route 2 during the air lift. By
nightfall on 22 December the village was successfully cordoned and the villagers were
informed by voice aircraft what was happening.  2 Platoon provided protection for Battalion
Headquarters and the Screening Centre. 1,218 persons were screened and 93 were
detained, mainly for minor misdemeanours such as identity card irregularities.  2 Platoon
returned to Nui Dat late afternoon on 23 December.