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Australian soldiers near end of U.K. training



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DEFENCE press releaseJ>. AUSTRALIA,., THURSDAY 22: , MAY, 1975 NO; 521/75

AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS NEAR END OF U.K. TRAINING

The Australian infantry company which has been training

in England for the past month leaves to fly home to Townsville,

Qld, next Monday, May 26.

The RAF VC-10 which will bring them home will return

to England with the British infantry company which has been

training in Australia. . , .

Both officers arid soldiers of the Australian unit,

B Company of 2/4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, with

a gunner party of five from the 4th Field Regiment, have voted

the English part of the exchange an outstanding success.

The Company Commander, Captain Peter Sibree, of

Vincent, Townsville, said today his soldiers had benefited from

the military training and working alongside British soldiers.

Working with different eqhipment such as Chieftain tanks and

Puma helicopters had also broadened their experience.

"The soldiers appetite for travel has been whetted",

Captain Sibree said. "The Company has travelled thousands of

miles across England and Scotland, seeing a large part of the

country in the process of training and most took the opportunity

at weekends to travel even further afield". .

The exchange has brought about a number of family ,

reunions. Several soldiers have parents in England, Scotland,

Wales and Germany, while others have relatives, and they have

been able to visit them. This week Australians entertained the

soldiers and wives of the host battalion, 2nd Battalion, The

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, to thank them for their hospitality.

The last few days are being spent on briefings and

helicopter training. a·****************

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