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Navy Public Relations

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NSW DESTROYER TO GO ON SHOW

The Minister for the Navy, Mr. Chaney, said today that

H.&. A.S·, PERTH wou d visit all mainland State Capitals immediately

after her arrival in Australia next year.

Mr, Chaney said that arrangements had been made for the

new .-arship to visit Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and

Melbourne. Considerable public interest vas being taken in the

guided missile destroyer, and so it had been decided to provide an

early opportunity for as many people as po sible to see the new

ship. . - ·

" . H.M.A.S. PERTH will spend the next six'months "working-up

off the east and west coasts of the United.States, and is due

in Australia early in March. Exact dates will depend on her final

"•work-up" programme. ·

H.M.A.S. PERTH'S first port of call in Australia will be

Brisbane. After two days in the Queensland capital, she will sail

to Sydney where she wil1 spend a week. Then she will visit

Fremantle for four days, and Adelaide and Melbourne for two days

each. She wil"' be open for public inspection in each city.

-■ From Melbourne, H.M.A.S. PERTH wil return to Sydney

where she wil"' be fitted with her IKARA anti-submarine missile .

system. ·

PERTH has a complement of 332 officers ancLmen, and is

under the command of Captain Ian Cartwright, of Melbourne,

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Canberra 21st July, 1965. .