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Destroyers for Asian duty

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Two R'.A.N. destroyers■ will' .leave Australia this week

to serve -with the British Commonwealth Strategic Reserve in South

East Asia.

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

VENDETTA and DUCHE'S. would sail from Sydney on Wednesday (11 th of

August)„ They would relieve two Australian frigates, HIM.A. Ships

PARRAMATTA and YARRA, which had been on duty with the Strategic ,

Reserve since early this year.

PARRAMATTA and YARRA took part in the SEATO Exercise,

"Sea Horse", exercised with units of the British Far East Fleet,

and assisted with anti-infiltration patrols in Malaysian Waters.

The frigates, with ships' companies totalling 500

officers and men, are due at Williamstown Naval Dockyard in

Melbourne early in September.

VENDETTA and DUCHESS, with some 650 officers and men,

will operate with the Strategic Reserve for the next six months.

VENDETTA is under the command of Commander D .W, Leach,

DUCHESS (Commander I.M. Burnside), YARRA (Captain B.H. Loxton,

Senior Officer of the 1st Frigate Squadron) and PARRAMATTA

(Commander R. Percy).


Canberra 8th August, 1965.