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FOR PRESS

TUESDAY, MARCH 28. 1972

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DEFENCE PR No. 516/72

LARGE SCALE AIR EXERCISE

(Statement by the Minister for Defence, the Hon. David Fairbairn, DFC, MP)

Aircraft from major operational elements of the RAAF will

take part in a large scale air exercise conducted in the Darwin-Tindal

area between May 9 and 15, 1972.

The Minister for Defence, Mr. David Fairbairn, said today

air elements of the Royal Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air

Force would join with the RAAF in the exercise in addition to RAN

patrol boats and Australian Army units.

The exercise, "TOP LIMIT", would be the first RAAF

operational exercise in Australia since its participation in Vietnam

operations ended. .

Operational aircraft taking, part in "TOP LIMIT" included

RAF Vulcan bombers, RNZAF Skyhawks and RAAF Phantoms, Mirages, Canberras

and Neptunes as well as supporting Hercules, Caribou and Iroquois .

helicopter aircraft. '

The exercise would be controlled by the Air Officer

Commanding, Operational Command, Air Vice Marshal W.E. Townsend.

Aircraft taking part would be exercised in the interceptor,

strike, reconnaissance and transport support roles. -

The exercise would also test the integration of RAN

elements, Army Light anti-aircraft units and Visual Air Observer Corps

posts into a RAAF air defence system.

Facilities required for the conduct of the operations would

be established at Tindal, south of Darwin as well as at RAAF Base,

Darwin.

Deployment to the exercise area would begin on April 4 and

would extend to May 6 after which the operational phase of the exercise

would begin.

Further Enquiries: Director of Public Relations, Department of Defence, '

CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600

Telephone; 65 2897 (Office) 47 8342 (Home)