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Australia joins Thailand and new Zealand in exercises



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DPR 32/95 Wednesday, 26 April, 1995

AUSTRALIA JOINS THAILAND AND NEW ZEALAND IN EXERCISES

Australian Defence Force personnel are working this week with the Royal Thai Navy in a combined mantime"exercise off Sattahip in the Gulf of Thailand.

Named AUSTHAI 95, the exercise is the fifth in a series of annual exercises which started in 1991 to enhance the maritime relationship between both countries.

The exercise concentrates on shipborne helicopter operations and includes maritime strike training, surveillance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) procedural training.

Australia is represented by the Royal Australian Navy's guided missile frigates (FFGs), HMA Ships Sydney and Canberra which are carrying S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters. A RAAF P3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft will also participate.

Thailand is represented by the Royal Thai Navy guided missile corvette Ratanakosin, a guided missile frigate, Saiburi, a Fokker 27 maritime patrol aircraft, B212 helicopters and Royal Thai Air Force F16 fighters.

The exercise concludes on Saturday.

Another maritime exercise, between Australia and New Zealand, is scheduled to start on May 4 in the Tasman Sea.

Part of the TAMEX series, the exercise provides dedicated anti-submarine warfare training for Australian and New Zealand maritime patrol aircraft.

Three P3 Orions from the RAAF's Edinburgh base in South Australia will take part along with two Orions from the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Their 'target' will be the Royal Australian Navy submarine,.HMAS Ovens, which is returning from Exercise Tasmanex in Auckland.

Further information: Richard Hogan Ph 018 632420 (b/h) or 06-2958171 (a/h)

Issued by the Directorate ot Public Relations. Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600