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Navy Public Relations.

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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.


Canberra. 5th December, 1963·