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RAAF training for new Orions

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MONDAY, MAY 30, 1977. NO. 114/77


A technical training programme for officers

and men who would be responsible initially for the

maintenance of the RAAF1s new P3C Orion long-range

maritime patrol aircraft would begin in the United States

in June, the Minister for Defence, Mr D.J. Killen, said

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Four RAAF engineering officers and 48 technicians

specialising in aircraft instruments, radio and electronic

systems would attend training courses at the US Naval

Station, Moffett Field, California, and at contractors'

factories for varying periods between June and December.

Ten P3C Orions are on order from the United

States to replace the SP2H Neptune aircraft of No. 10

Squadron, RAAF Townsville, Qld., which have been in

service since 1962.

The new Orions will be ferried to Australia

by RAAF crews between March and September 1978. Number 10

Squadron will then be based at Edinburgh, SA, with a

sister squadron - No. 11 - which has been operating P3B

Orions from Edinburgh since 1968.

Mr Killen said a further 14 RAAF personnel would

go to Moffett Field in November and December this year

to support the new Orions while they were being used for

RAAF aircrew training and to prepare them for their

ferry to Australia. . . . / 2

The new aircraft would give the RAAF a powerful

force of 20 Orions for anti-submarine warfare and long-

range surveillance. .

They would also increase the capability for

the patrolling of Australian territorial waters.

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