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COMBINED NAVAL FORCE TO MAKE FLEET ENTRY.

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N a v a l s h i p s w ould t a k e p a r t i n th e F l e e t E n tr y . S a i l i n g l i n e

a h e a d up Sydney H a rb o u r w i l l be an a i r c r a f t c a r r i e r , a c r u i s e r ,

f i v e d e s t r o y e r s , - f o u r f r i g a t e s , and a R oyal F l e e t A u x i l i a r y .

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l e d by t h e A u s t r a l i a n f l a g s h i p , H .M .A .S. MELBOURNE, and th e -

B r i t i s h c r u i s e r H .M .S. TIGER. The F la g O f f i c e r Commanding .th e

A u s t r a l i a n F l e e t , R e a r A d m iral A lan M c N ic o ll, w i l l be i n - ’

H .M .A .S. MELBOURNE. L a t e r i n th e d a y , TIGER w i l l f l y t h e f l a g

o f th e F la g O f f i c e r , Second i n Command, F a r E a s t S t a t i o n , R e a r A dm iral

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d e s t r o y e r , H .M .A .S. VENDETTA. O th e r p a r t i c i p a t i n g s h i p s w i l l be ■

th e A u s t r a l i a n d e s t r o y e r s , VAMPIRE and ANZAC, alnd f r i g a t e s , ’ . · ■

QUEENBOROUGH iind QUIBERON; ,the B r i t i s h d e s t r o y e r s , CAPRICE and

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A u x i l i a r y , WAVE RULER ( o i l t a n k e r ) · and t h e New Z e a la n d f r i g a t e ,

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a i r c r a f t o f th e F l e e t A ir Arm, R .A .A .F . and R .A .F . .

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c o m p le tio n o f th e A u s t r a l i a n - d i r e c t e d a n ti - s u b m a r i n e ' e x e r c i s e ,

TUCKER BOX, c u r r e n t l y b e in g s t a g e d i n t h e C o ra l S ea,

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