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Fleet air arm builds up ground staff

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' Navy Public Relations.

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The Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air,Arm is introducing

a new entry scheme under-which the recruits will reach Petty Officer

. rank in two years. ,

The Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, said today

that the new category of recruits would be trained to become the

expert maintainers of the Royal Australian Navy’s anti-submarine

helicopter squadrons.' The new training programme is designed to

yybuild up the skilled ground staff now that there is no longer any

uncertainty about the' future of the Fleet Air Arm. ’

· " . The new trainees will be recruited as potential ’ Aircraft.

Mechanicians (Airframes and Engines). After nine weeks basic

recruit training at Flinders Naval Depot in Victoria they will go

. to the Naval Air Station at Nowra, south of Sydney, for their

technical courses. At the end of two years they will be promoted

to· Acting Petty Officers, and will serve in the flagship, H.M.A.S.

MELBOURNE, and at the Naval Air Station. . ’

The Navy is demanding a minimum of intermediate certificate ? Γ > - . ’ · ·

-standard for the young men undertaking this skilled training

programme. The recruit's will be aged between 18-26, and will sign

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will begin training next January. Applications will close »on

1 15th November. . . . ■ '

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- Canberra. 27th September, 1962. .