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IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

PRIGATE TO VISIT OUTLYING ISLANDS.

The Royal Australian Navy's training and oceanographic

frigate, II.M.A.S. GASCOYNE, will sail at the end of this month for

a 6,500 mile reconnaissance survey of islands off the north east I

coast of Australia -The Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, said today

that the frigate would carry out important scientific and hydrographic

work, and check on habitation on the islands.

During a five-week cruise, GASCOYNE will inspect some

thirty-seven reefs, islands and island groups in the Coral Sea

and the Gulfs of Papua and Carpentaria.

5 Various research organisations have been invited to embark scientists for the cruise, and Sydney University has already accepted

the offer. · ·

Hydrographic work to be undertaken includes surveys to

check on the actual existence of certain charted reefs, beach surveys,

investigation of underwater mountains, and sketch surveying.

Senator Gorton said the Navy made an annual reconnaissance

survey of islands in the waters adjacent to Australia. GASCOYNE

will sail from Sydney on '29th October, returning on 3rd December.

^ie will call at Cairns from the 10-13th November and at Townsville

from 26-28th November.

GASCOYNE will be sailing under the command. of a new

captain. He is Lieutenant-Commander R.J. Rust, who took command

this month after two years at Navy Office in Canberra.

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Canberra. 22nd October, 1962.