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Defence chief to open joint warfare centre



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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1977 NO 29/77

DEFENCE CHIEF TO OPEN JOINT WARFARE CENTRE -

The Chief of the Defence Force Staff, General Sir

Francis Hassett, will officially open the Australian Joint

Warfare Establishment (AJWE) complex at Williamtown, NSW,

next Wednesday (February 16).

In the trii-Service opening ceremony, the Navy's

East Australia Area Band will play, the Army's Infantry

Centre, Singleton, will provide a guard of honour, and there

will be a fly-past of Royal Australian Air Force Mirage aircraft.

The opening will be attended by the Lord Mayor of

Newcastle, Service chiefs, and local dignitaries.

The Australian Joint Warfare Establishment was formed

in September 1975, to study, develop and teach Australian

joint warfare tactical, logistic and communications doctrine,

procedures and techniques.

It makes recommendations to the Chiefs of Staff

Committee and subsequently produpes new joint warfare

publications. ■ · · ' > ·

The AJWE staff help plan and then attend joint

service exercises to observe the practical application of their

studies and teaching.

Courses on joint warfare subjects are held throughout

the year for officers of the three Services.

The position of commandant of the establishment

can be filled from any Service and is currently held by an

Army officer, Colonel P.T. Johnston.

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The AJWE had its origin in an RAAF unit known as the

School of Land Air Warfare, which was formed at Laverton,

Vic., in 1946. V ! ' ' ■ ■ : ■ ■

The school was moved to Williamtown, NSW, in 1948 -

and in 1958 its name was changed to the Air Support Unit^

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