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Navy Public Relations.

218 1157.

' IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

U.S. SUBMARINER FOR R.A.N. ’ '

Another United States submariner is to join the

staff of the Australian Joint Anti-Submarine School at the

Naval Air Station at Nowra, N.S.W. ·

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

■ that Lieutenant-Commander James E. Ward II would begin exchange

duty with the R.A.N. next year. Lieutenant-Commander Ward is

at present in command of the American submarine, U.S.S. ATULE.

He will be the second American submarine officer to

be appointed to the Australian Joint Anti-Submarine School.

He replaces Lieutenant-Commander R.E. Petit, Jnr., who has been

at Nowra since 1961.

Senator Gorton said the presence of a United States

Navy submariner at the School had proved of considerable value

in combined R.A.N, - R.A.A.P. anti-submarine training. It

was hoped to continue the exchange scheme indefinitely.

Another American Naval officer at present on exchange

to the R.A.N. is an anti-submarine helicopter specialist who

is also serving at Nowra. Two R.A.N. officers are on exchange

with the U.S.N., one at Pearl Harbour and the other at San Diego.

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Canberra. 5th December, 1963·