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Amphibious warfare course for RAN officer



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. Navy Public Relations.

' SUNDAY RELEASE - Not to

be published or broadcast before 6 p.m. on Sunday 6th October, 1963.

AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE COURSE FOR R.A.N. OFFICER.

A Royal Australian Navy officer is Australia's

representative at an Amphibious Warfare Course being conducted in

California under the United States Military Assistance Programme.

The Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, said today

that Commander Norman E. Lee had just begun the three months

course at the U. S . Pacific Fleet's Amphibious Training Command in

Coronado. -

He said the course was designed for senior officers and

gave instruction in all aspects of planning and executing full-

scale amphibious operations. ■

Twenty-one officers are representing ten nations

at the course — Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, the

Netherlands, the Philippines, the Republic of China, the Republic

of Korea, Spain and Turkey. .

Commander Lee, of Nowra, N.S.W., is a senior officer

of the Fleet Air Arm, He is a fixed-wing aircraft and

helicopter pilot, and before leaving for the United States was

Senior Pilot of the new Front-Line Squadron of anti-submarine

helicopters. He joined the Fleet Air Arm.under the rating pilot

scheme in 1948 and is the first of this direct air-crew entry to

be promoted to Commander's rank.

After the amphibious course, Commander Lee will attend the

Joint Warfare Course in Britain before returning to Australia as

Naval Representative at the Air Support Unit, R.A.A.F. Base,

Williamstown.

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Canberra. 6th October, 1963·