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Navy Public Relations. 232 IMMEDIATE r e l e a s e . .

NEW TARGETS FOR NAVY. .

. The introduction of two new types of targets

will make 19o4 an important year for gunners in the Royal

Australian Navy. ' '

The Minister for the Navy, Dr. Forbes, said

today that a new kind of surface gunnery target and a new type

of anti-aircraft target would be introduced next year. . They

both incorporated developments that would contribute to the

efficiency of the Navy's gunnery and missile systems. .

He said the new target for surface gunnery at

sea.was an Australian development. It had been designed by

an R.A.N.’officer, Lieutenant-Commander P.Y. Williams, and

represented a big advance in surface targets. It could be .

towed at high speeds, and remained stable even in rough seas.

The target's lightweight construction meant that it could be

towed by even the smallest Naval craft.

Dr. Forbes said that the anti-aircraft target

was the remote controlled aircrar; type, essential now that

the R.A.N. was entering the guided missile era. The Navy had

.obtained this radio controlled target from the United States,

It would be used for the Seacat anti-aircraft missile systems,

being installed in the R.A.N's new frigates, and would also .

provide_ realistic gunnery training. . -

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Canberra. 20th December, 1963. . .