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Exercise in N.W. Australia



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WEDNESDAY. 7 JULY, 1976 No. 156/76

EXERCISE IN N.W. AUSTRALIA

Army Reserve soldiers from Victoria will fly to

Port Hedland in Western Australia's far northwest this week

to help "defend" key installations from raids by Regular

Army men of the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment.

The Victorians from the 1st and 2nd Battalions of

The Royal Victoria Regiment, will join about 60 other array

reservists of the Royal Western Australia Regiment in

Exercise "Paradise Plains" from July 10 to 24.

The 1 RVR troops are normally based at Moonee Ponds

and Sunshine. The 2 RVR men are from Ballarat, Warrnambool,

and Shepparton.

At Port Hedland they will act as an "enemy"

occupying the area.

The Victorians will fly to Port Hedland in two RAAF

Hercules C130 aircraft.

With an RAAF Iroquois helicopter for reconnaissance,

the troops will attempt to prevent infiltration, covering a

radius of 160 km (100 miles) from Port Hedland.

Even the civilians of Port Hedland will be involved.

They have been asked to act as "informers".

About 70 members of the 3rd SAS Squadron will take

part. Their task will be to carry out undetected reconnaissance,

of the area, and later raid selected targets.

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The SAS Regiment comprises highly trained

regular army volunteers who specialise in long range

reconnaissance. All are trained parachutists.

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