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Rifle Company Butterworth is an Australian Army infantry company based at RMAF Base Butterworth in Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.[1] Rifle Company Butterworth was established in 1970 to provide a protective and quick-reaction force for RAAF Base Butterworth during a resurgence of the Communist insurgency in Malaysia.[2] While RAAF Base Butterworth was handed to the Royal Malaysian Air Force in 1988 and the insurgency officially ended in 1989, Rifle Company Butterworth has been maintained as a means of providing Australian soldiers with training in jungle warfare and cross-training with the Malaysian Army.[3][4] The company is staffed on a rotational basis, with both Regular and Reserve personnel being deployed quarterly.[5][6]

See also


  1. "Australian Defence Force says military exercises in South China Sea region not aimed at Beijing" ABC News. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  2. Horner 2008, p. 256.
  3. "Castlemaine soldier training and translating with army in Malaysia" Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  4. "Five Powers join hands for Bersama Lima" Australian Defence Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  5. Horner 2008, p. 340.
  6. "Reservists ready for the frontline" Townsville Bulletin. Retrieved 2017-03-23


  • Horner, David; Bou, Jean (2008). Duty First: A History of the Royal Australian Regiment (2nd ed.). Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74175-374-5. 

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