Operation Sceptre
28 September - 6 October 1968
As there was no immediate operation planned, W Company made it known
that they wished to return to an area where well worn tracks had been
located on a previous operation, but not checked out.  On 28 September
W Company, with a section of mortars and supported by the guns from Nui
Dat, mounted an independent operation in the area of Ngai Giao (AO
Mustang), on Route 2 north of Nui Dat.  The Company established its own
Fire Support Base and patrolled from it. At times all platoons were out of
the base on patrol, protection being provided by Company Headquarters
and a few "light duty" members from each platoon.

There were two platoon contacts on the 30 September, resulting in one
enemy being captured.  There were three clashes on 2 October: the first
with a party of four which resulted in one being killed a possibly two
wounded; the second with a party of ten when six were killed and at least
two wounded; the third with a group of three who succesfully broke
contact and withdrew.  On the 5th of October the last clash was with a
party of three enemy resulting in one being killed.

The Company returned to Nui Dat on 6 October to
undertake  base
defence duties and to prepare for
Operation Capital.