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MINISTERIAL PRESS RELEASE

18TH APRIL, 1968

RAAF PR S4191/68.

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE GORDON FREETH, MP, M I S T E R FOR AIR

RAAF RADAR UNIT REFORMED

An RAAF radar control and reporting unit which performed

most of its operational service in the South West Pacific during

World War 11 and in Malaysia after the war, has been re-formed at

Amberley, Queensland. ■

The Minister for Air, Mr. Gordon Freeth, said the unit,

No. 114 CRU, was the second of two control and reporting units

formed in recent months to handle "Hub-Cap" radar.

The first unit, No. 3 CRU, was formed at Williamtown,

NSW, in November, 1967.

• No. 114 CRU was re-formed at Amberley, ΟμββηβΙβΜ, earlier

this month.

Mr. Freeth said that "Hub Cap" equipment had already '

arrived in Australia for No. 3 CRU which was expected to be fully

operational later this year.

No. 114 CRU was expected to be equipped with the "Hub

Cap" system by August this year.

Mr. Freeth said that No. 114 CRU was first formed at Camden,

NSW in May, 1943· After service in Papua-New Guinea and the Netherlands

East Indies during World War 11, the unit returned to Australia at the

end of the war and was disbanded.

' It was re-activated at Dubbo, NSW, in November, 1956 and

two years later moved to Butterworth, Malaysia, where it remained until

September, 1966, when it was again disbanded. .

Wing Commander W.F.A. Waldock, who was the Commanding Officer

of No 114 CRU at Butterworth before it was disbanded, has again taken

over command of the unit at its new' home at Amberley.

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NOTE: "Hub-cap" units are fully air transportable. They are

designed to be loaded into RAAF Hercules aircraft and

flown to the required area of operations. "Hub-cap" gives

the RAAF air defence organisation a greatly enhanced

capability for receiving early warning information on

hostile air activity and for carrying out surveillance on

, aircraft movements, the assignment of weapons and the

control of interception.

Enquiries:

Department of Air Directorate of Public Relations Russell Offices -

CANBERRA ACT Telephone No - Working Hours 652321- 52-23

After Hours "815785