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Two warships which have spent the past two weeks

searching for the three missing, Naval officers in Queensland

will return to Sydney tomorrow. ■

They are the fast troop transport, H.M.A.S. SYDNEY, and

the destroyer, H.M'.A.S. ANZAC.

The search is now drawing to a close, and R.A.A.P.

aircraft today made their last aerial sweeps over the fore­

shores in the Whitsunday area.

‘ The Minister for the Navy, Senator Gorton, said today

that he wished to express his warm appreciation for the ready

and valuable co-operation provided by the R.A.A.P. and the

Army. Troops and airmen had made an important contribution

to the exhaustive search of the area.

Senator Gorton also extended his■thanks to the police

and many members of the general public who had given assistance.

The Captain of H.M.A.S. SYDNEY, Captain W.J. Dovers, ,

who co-ordinated the search for the missing officers, expressed

his thanks today in a message signalled from H.M.A.S. SYDNEY

at sea. ,

He said; "The Captain, officers and men of the Naval force

searching for the missing whaler's crew wish to express their

appreciation for the assistance, co-operation and prompt ·

response to all our needs during the search. The attitude of

the citizens of the Townsville/Bowen area and the local boat

owners meant a great deal to us throughout. Please accept our

heartfelt thanks".

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Canberra. 1 November, 1 9 6 3 .