This was the new battalion's first shake-down operation and took the form of an airmobile
move to search the Binh Ba Rubber Estate 15 miles north of Nui Dat, and to check the
identity of workers in the area - really a show of force. The operation was not completed
until dusk because of the heavy undergrowth encountered by D Company during their
approach. The battalion flew back to Nui Dat, being extracted from two LZs, the last lift
taking place in total darkness.