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On Saturday 1 July 2006 there was a reunion of those who served in HMNZ Ships Hickleton and Santon and their support party during the Indonesian Confrontation.


Around a quarter of those veterans who served during that time,  attended the function in Auckland. Also present was Mr Allan Jones from Australia, representing the RANs 16th Minesweeper Squadron, the Chief of the New Zealand Navy; Rear Admiral David Ledson ONZM, RNZN, and the High Commissioner for Malaysia, His Excellency Dato Sapain Mahmed.


His Excellency took the opportunity to present the Pinga Jasa Malaysia medal to several veterans.


The reunion was also the venue for the launch of a book 'A Kiwi on our Funnel' by Gerry Wright telling the story of the New Zealand naval involvement in Confrontation.

Those Australians who were there will relate well to this book which compliments 'Hands to Boarding Stations' by the Late Lt Cmd John Foster.


RNZN - Pinga Jasa Malaysia Medal Ceremony


Minesweeper Display - The Inshore Flotilla


Sub Lieutenant Fred Wilson being presented with the Pinga Jasa Malaysia

medal by The Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato Sapain Mahmed.Fred was Officer Of the Watch during Hickleton's hot action 50 years ago and later rose to RearAdmiral, Chief of Naval Staff.


Lindsay Roberts - coxswain HMNZS Santon being presented with the Pinga Jasa Malaysia medal by the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Dato Sapain Mahmed, at the New Zealand reunion 1 July 2006


Allan T Jones, presenting the RNZN

Chief of the Navy, Rear Admiral David Ledson, with the story of HMAS Ipswich from the Mayor of the city of Ipswich in Australia.


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Text courtesy of © Gerry Wright.