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Mercy flight to Indian Ocean



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FOR PRESS '

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21ST NOVEMBER. 1962

RAAF PR S3541762

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE DAVID FAIRBAIBN,· MINISTER FOR AIR ' '

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MERCY FLIGHT TO INDIAN OCEAN ■ ' . j

A long range maritime reconnaissance Neptune aircraft of the

RAAF is flying across Australia tonight on the first leg of a mercy flight

into the southern Indian Ocean* ..

The crew of the Neptune will attempt ti mid-ocean rendezvous to drop

medical supplies to a Royal Navy vessel.

The Neptune is scheduled to land at the RAAF Base, Pearop., in the

early hours of Thursday morning.

After refuelling it will then fly on to its mid-ocean rendezvous,

estimated to he at a point nearly 1,000 miles south-v/est of Perth.

The aircraft will he seeking the vessel HMS Cavalier, ■ '

The dramatic sequence commenced when the United States Ship Horizon,

an oceanographic survey ship being operated in the Indian Ocean hy the University

of California, radioed an appeal for an air drop of haeomaglohin for·a crew

member, ■

, When the first appeal was made the USS Horizon was nearly 1500 miles

from Perth, hut since then the Horizon has made a rendezvous, with HMS Cavalier.

In the meantime the RAAF had ordered a Neptune aircraft of No 11

Squadron, based at Richmond, NSW, to remain at stand-byl · . '.

A r a d i o call to the HMS Cavalier then asked if the drop were stiLl

considered-necessary, and on an affirmative being received the Neptune was

ordered to Perth.

On arrival at Perth "storpedoes" carrying medical supplies will

be loaded, and after refuelling the aircraft will take off for the mid-ocean - ■

rendezvous, * . .