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Naval control and protection of shipping exercise



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A

large scale maritime exercise involving hundreds of

officers and sailors from four allied nations will begin on 25th

February, 1969. Over a period of twelve days the Davies and

Maritime _fir Forces of United States, Britain, New Zealand and

Australia are combining to provide control and protection of merchant shipping in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The exercise has been called "Rain Cloud^ 1 and although

protection of about one thousand merchant ships by scores of warships and aircraft will be carried out, not one drop of fuel

will be expended as operations will be confined to headquarters

and subordinate units using simulated ?.merchant shipping and Forces.

Naval control of shipping officers at principal ports will control and direct the movement of 'constructive paper' ships

across the Pacific and Indian oceans.

The work done by these officers will ensure t he safe and.

timely arrival of convoys and dependent shipping in friendly ports.

Additionally the staffs at dispersed headquarters will direct friendly paper surface and air forces in operatio n s designed

to protect shipping.

The exercise operations wil l be directed by Vice Admiral V.A.T. Smith from Headquarters at Navy Office in Canberra, Australia. Vice Admiral Smith will also command combined forces of Australia . , New Zealand and Britain while Vice Admiral Harold G.

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NAVAL CONTROL AND PROTECTION OF SHIPP I G — EXERCISE