2 A Harbour area is a position established to provide safety during an extended halt. Reasons for Harbour area:Avoid detectionLie up whilst recce is made in detailForm a base for operationsProvide an RV for entry into enemy territory.Provide safety during administrative halt. ie eat, sleep etc
3 A Common type of Harbour Area Triangular PatternEnsures all round defenceSentries positioned on cornersEase of command with HQ in centreEase of use due to simple lay out
4 Procedure for Patrol Harbour SelectionOccupationClearance PatrolsSentriesWork RoutineStand To
5 Selection Commander chooses an area that is/has: Easily defended Dense vegetation to provide coverAway from civilian areasNear to waterReasonable entry/exit routesGood communicationsAvoid: Obvious positions, Roads, Wet areas, Slopes
6 Occupation Flight stops short and conducts snap ambush Commander, Section Commanders & Runner recce area.Commander chooses corners & sets up perimeter wire.Runner returns with 1IC to get Flight.Flight enters at corner and each section is positioned by their IC.
7 Clearance PatrolsEach Section sends out 2IC + 2men from nearby corner (not their LSW gunner)Walk to edge of visibility the walk across their arc. Then walk back in via their LSW gunner.Look for:Streams/riversObstaclesPossible ERV sitesPossible enemy attack routesSigns of enemy activity
8 Sentries Posted beyond limit of noise of Harbour Area One sentry per sectionSentries return to section via LSW position if enemy attacksCommunication line between sentry and LSWSentries only posted during work routineAt night sentries are double staggered at LSW point.
9 Work RoutinePreparation of stand-to-points, construction of shell scrapesPreparation of a path to allow silent movement at nightCommunications cord laid from sentry point to LSW. LSW to IC. IC to Flight HQPositioning of shelters over shell scrapes at last light, taken down before first light.
10 Stand ToStand-to is a period of complete alertness throughout the patrolIt marks the change from Day/Night routine.The external sentry is recalled for Stand To.