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First Australian Naval visit to Germany

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1977. NO. 243/77


The first Australian naval vessel to visit

Germany will be the nev/est in the Royal Australian Navy

order of battle, the Oberon-class submarine HMAS Orion. ' " ; >

The 2070 tonne Orion, the fifth to be built

for the RAN1s First Australian Submarine Squadron, will

sail into the north German port of Bremen on Friday, .

November 11, for a five day visit. '■.··'

Bremen was selected as the port for the ,

submarine's first visit outside the United Kingdom because

the new attack sonar to be fitted to all Australian

submarines is being constructed by Krupp Atlas of Bremen.

, HMAS Orion, the fifth Oberon-class submarine

to be built for the RAN, was launched on the River Clyde

in Scotland in September, 1974, and commissioned in June,

1977.. The submarine, with a crew of seven officers and

56 sailors under the command of Lieutenant Commander

R.H. Woolrych, has been carrying out working-up trials

in British waters since commissioning. . i .

. -The submarine is due to arrive in Australia

about the middle of next year. .

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, A sixth Oberon-class boat, HMAS Otama, is

completing building in the United Kingdom and is expected

to be commissioned about March next year.

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