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Navy Public Relations.

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. IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

EXERCISE "CARBINE1 1 COMMUNIQUE.

EXERCISE CARBINE, PRESS RELEASE NO. ONE FROM H.M.A.S.

MELBOURNE EXERCISE FLAG-SHIP MONDAY 26TH AUGUST, 1963.

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A powerful naval force including an aircraft

carrier and a cruiser sailed from Sydney this afternoon ready

for one of the biggest.combined exercises of its kind staged

in Australian waters. '

Exercise Carbine involving.some 4000 men of the

Navy Army and Air Force will officially begin off the

Queensland coast on Wednesday when the warships will rendezvous

with the R.A.N. troop carrier H.M.A.S. SYDNEY.

SYDNEY will be carrying an integrated force of

Australian and New Zealand troops and will be the first major

test for the carrier in her new role as a troop transport.

The naval covering force is led by the Australian

flagship H.M.A.S. MELBOURNE and comprises the New Zealand

cruiser ROYALIST, two modern Australian Frigates PARRAMATTA and

YARRA and the destroyer H.M.A.S. ANZAC. They will protect

H.M.A.S. SYDNEY against attacks from Royal Navy submarines and

R.A.A.F. aircraft. ·

Exercise Carbine will provide the first

operational test for the Fle-ef; Air Arm's ne.w.anti-submarine

helicopters. A "Front Line" squadron of the "Hunter Killer",

helicopters is embarked in H.M.A.S. MELBOURNE. They 'will

combine with the escort ships in providing an anti-submarine .

screen for the task force.. · · '

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' . The two Royal Navy submarines that will oppose,

the task force, H.M.S. TRUMP and H.M.S. TABARD sailed from

Sydney today ahead of the .escort force. Meanwhile H.M.A.S.

SYDNEY arrived in Brisbane today to embark further troops and

equipment.

The Naval aspects' of Exercise Carbine are

being directed by the Flag Officer Commanding the Australian

Fleet, Rear Admiral Alan McNicoll from his flag ship H.M.A.S.

MELBOURNE. ■ ■

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Canberra. 26th August, 1963.