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ARMY PRESS RELEASE

Directorate of Public Relations, Army Headquarters, CANBERRA, A.C.T. 2600.

No. 6122

EXERCISE "FAST BALL" IN PAPUA NEW - GUINEA

A field hygiene`exercise 'under control of the Army's lst

Field Hygiene Company is'to be conducted in the Territory of Papua' an

New Guinea 'from Ma y 2 to June 21 ` this year.

Nick-named "Fast Ball", the exercise will be centred at Wewak

in the East -S:epik district"

The aims of the exercise are to conduct training in environ-men-'-al hygiene and military' skills, and to 'support the public health

programme in Papua-New Guinea being carried out-by the Administration.

Citizen Mili+-ary . Forces soldiers from New South Wales,

Victoria and•Tasmania-will . join with Regular soldiers from Australia

and indigenous soldiers from Papua-New Guinea in the-exercise, which

will provide further experience for skilled technical personnel' in

the continuing struggle against preventable disease.

Participating unitswill be lst Field Hygiene..Company

(Regular Army); and 2ndField Hygiene Company ( CMF) , both from New.

South Wales ., 3rd Field Hygiene Company (cMF) from Victoria, a detach-

ment of 3rd . F .eld Hygiene Company-from Tasmania, and a detachment of

the Papua-New . Guinea Hygiene Section.

'"asks will include:-,

Malaria parasite surveys;

A- mosquito survey,: of the- ,town of Wewak . in

conjunction with the Department of Public Health;