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FOR PRESS NO. 5048

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SENIOR ARMY OFFICER TO VISIT USA ·

Statement by the Minister for the Army, the Hon. Malcolm Fraser, M.P. -

A senior officer with the directorate of Infantry at Army Headquarters,

Canberra, Lieutenant-Colonel R.P, Richardson, is ...via itlng the United States this

month to attend a series of meetings on equipment standardisation.

Announcing this today, the Minister for the Army, Mr. Malcolm Fraser,

said the meetings would come under the America, Britain, Canada and Australia

(ABCA) Agreement.

The meetings would discuss matters concerning the standardisation of

equipment and procedures in the four Armies concerned.

Lieutenant-Colonel Richardson left Australia last night and will

return on November 9.

Emphasis would .be placed on infantry equipment generally with

particular attention being given to working parties on improvement and test

procedures for the 8lmm mortar. .

The meetings would also review all outstanding actions in the ABCA

programme in the field of infantry equipment and the future programme.

It was important that Lieutenant-Colonel Richardson attend the

meetings as the representative of the Director of Infantry, for discussions

and recommendations emanating from the conference would have far reaching

effects on future infantry requirements.

17 October, 1967.

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Further information:

CANBERRA: Major E. Ross-Smith (65-406i ) (86-1138)

OTHER STATES: ADPR AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS