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RAAF shares maritime trophy

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MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER. 1975 NO. 72/75


The Royal Australian Air Force shared first place with the Royal Air Force in a four-nation anti-submarine warfare competition which ended in Canada yesterday (Sunday 31 August).

The competition, for the Fincastle Trophy, ii held each year for air force maritime crews of Britain, Canada, New Zealand

and Australia. Each country takes turns as the host nation.

Australia's entrant this year was a Neptune aircraft of No 10 Squadron, Townsville, Qld. Captain of the 10*man crew was 23- year-old Flying Officer Gregory Milliner, of Brisbane. He is the

youngest RAAF captain since the competition began in 1961.

The RAF was represented by a Nimrod aircraft, the RNZAF

by an Orion and the Canadian Armed Forces by an Argus.

Each crew was required to carry out a day and a night

sortie against a Canadian Oberon-class submarine moving "at will"

off Canada's east coast. '

Umpires from each country assessed points for crew

efficiency and aircraft reliability.

The RAAF has now won the coveted trophy six times outright

and shared it twice in 15 years.

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