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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr HUGHES (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Minister for the Navy been drawn to a recent Press report which implies that the operational capacity of the Skyhawk attack fighter bombers now on order by the Navy for use in H.M.A.S. " Melbourne " will be more limited than was contemplated when the order was placed? Is there any truth in the report or in the additional claim that, as a consequence, pressure is being applied on the Government to acquire a carrier to replace the " Melbourne "?

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