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RAN Ships in Hawaiian exercise



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DPR/NO. 471/71

EMBARGOED: NOT /FOR PUBLICATION OR TO BE BROADCAST BEFORE MID-NIGHT / ? OCTOBER 8, 1971.

RAN SHIPS IN HAWAIIAN EXERCISE

Statement by the Minister for Defence,

Mr. David Fairbairn, M.P.

Five RAN Ships with Fleet Air Arm aircraft will take part

in an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the Hawaiian area

next month.

The RAAF would contribute four Orion Maritime Reconnaissance

Aircraft to the exercise. 1 .

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Aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, the guided missile d e s ­

troyer HMAS Hobart and the destroyer escorts HMAS Torrens and

HMAS Yarra will sail from Sydney on M o n d a y for the Exercise RIMPAC 71,

- which will take place from November 8-20. *

Minister for D e f e n c e , Mr. David F a i r b a i r n , said the submarin

- HMAS Onslow had already sailed from Sydney so as to arrive in the

. Hawaiian area at the same time as the other ships.

- The Australian Naval Forces would be under the command of

Rear Admiral W. J . Dovers, Flag Officer commanding the Australian

Fleet who w ould be flying his flag in HMAS Melbourne.

The exercise would be conducted by Vice Admiral E.P. Aurand

USN, Commander ASW Force Pacific from his< Headquarters in H a w a i i .

It would be an allied anti-submarine exercise in a mult-

threat environment to improve ASW c o - o r dination and co-operation.

Rear Admiral Dovers had been invited to command the combined

Forces at sea for the major part of the exercise.

' U.S., Canadian and New Zealand Naval and Air Forces would

also take p a r t .

Mr. Fairbairn said that the ships, M e l b o u r n e , Yarra and

Torrens would call at Suva on October 17 to re-fuel on their way

to Hawaii.

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