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RAAF seeks submarine trophy

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WEDNESDAY. 22 SEPTEMBER. 1976 NO. 226/76


A RAAF P3B Orion long-range maritime patrol aircraft

will fly to Scotland later this month to take part in a submarine

hunting competition against the United Kingdom and Canada.

The captain of the RAAF's 12-man crew will be Squadron

Leader Ray Ruming, 34, of Inverell, NSW. He is a flight

commander of No. 11 Squadron RAAF Edinburgh, SA, and is one

of the most experienced maritime pilots in the Air Force.

The competition, for the coveted Fincastle

Trophy, is an annual event for the top maritime crews of

Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and each country

takes turn at being the host nation. New Zealand, however, is

not taking part in this year's event.

The competition will be flown on October 8 and 9.

The RAF will fly a Nimrod aircraft and the Canadian Defence

Forces an Argus. The crews will each fly one day and one night

sortie against an Oberon submarine of the Royal Navy operating

"at will" off the north-east coast of Scotland.

The RAAF has won the Fincastle Competition six times

outright and shared it twice in the 15 years since the competition

began. Sqn Ldr Ruming led winning RAAF crews in 1967 and again

in 1968, flying Neptune aircraft.


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