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MINISTERIAL PRESS RELEASE

FRIDAY. 3RD MAY. 1968 . RAAF PR 34195/68

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE GORDON FREETH, MP. MINISTER FOR AIR

' NEPTUNE AIRCRAFT FOR HAWAIIAN EKERCISE

Four Royal Australian Air Force Neptune SP2H maritime

reconnaissance aircraft will fly to Barbers Point, Hawaii, from

Townsville, Queensland, this week-end to take part in an anti­

submarine warfare exercise. '

The Minister for Air, Mr. Freeth, said today that the

RAAF aircraft would be under the command of Wing Commander K.R. Rodd,

of Perth, WA, the Commanding Officer of No. 10 Squadron, RAAF Base,

Townsville.

Mr. Freeth said that the exercise, code-named "Hawaiian

Tuna", would last from May 4th till May 18th. During the exercise the

RAAF aircraft would be under operational control of the United States

Commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces Pacific.

Mr. Freeth said that RAAF participation in the exercise

was part of a system of exchange visits which had taken place over a

number of years between elements of the RAAF maritime reconnaissance

squadrons and United States Navy maritime aircraft. ·

The exercise, he said, would be valuable for training

purposes as it provided an opportunity for RAAF maritime crews to

work with United States Navy carrier and long range maritime patrol

aircraft against nuclear and m o d e m conventional submarines. v

Mr. Freeth said that a C130-E Hercules aircraft of No. 37

Squadron, RAAF Base, Richmond, NSW, and supporting crews and personnel

.would also take part in the exercise.

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