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DEFENCE press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

MONDAY, 2 AUGUST. 1976.

RAN SHIPS SAIL FOR EXERCISE IN NZ

WATERS

The destroyer escort HMAS Yarra, and the Submarine

HMAS Otway, sailed from Sydney this morning (Monday) to

participate in an international maritime exercise to be conducted

by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Two RAAF Orion long range maritime patrpl aircraft of

No. 11 Squadron based at Edinburgh, South Australia, will also

participate. The aircraft will leave Australia on August 8,

and will be based at Whenuapai in the North Island of New

Zealand. .

The Australian ships will visit Auckland before the

exercise commence, and during a break in the exercise HMAS

Yarra will make a goodwill visit to Tauranga (August 14-16)

and HMAS Otway will visit Whangarei (August 14-16). On completion

of the exercise HMAS Yarra will visit Napier (August 21-23)

and HMAS Otway will visit Gisborne (August 21-23).

HMAS Yarra is commanded by Lieutenant Commander

R.J. Cocking, and HMAS Otway is under the command of Lieutenant

P.D. Briggs. . .

Australian ships have also been exercising with the

new Fijian navy. The destroyer HMAS Vampire, commanded by

Captain A.R. Horton, and the destroyer escort HMAS Stuart

(Commander C.M.G. Hole) spent yesterday carrying out manoeuvres,

and small boat transfers with the Fijian minesweeper HMFS

Kula.

HMAS Vampire, HMAS Stuart, and the Fleet oiler HMAS

Supply (Captain B.L. Cleary) with the Flag Officer Commanding

the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral G.V. Gladstone, embarked

are returning to Sydney after representing Australia at the

Bi-centennial celebrations on the west coast of the United

States.

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