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MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 10. 1 Q75 No. 145/75


(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hbn. L.H. Barnard, MP)

A computer-operated automatic switching system

which is designed to provide a complete service to the

Defence, Navy, Army and Air Departments in Canberra is now

fully operational.

Announcing this today, the Deputy Prime Minister

and Minister for Defence, Mr. lance Barnard, said that the

new communication complex which was designated DEFCOMMARS

and managed by Navy on behalf of the Department of Defence

would give m i Services the capability to communicate with

their uj^its in a time frame of minutes.

It provided access to the communication

systems of the Australian Armed Services and our Allies

in ANZUS and Five Power and could be readily integrated

into satellite communication systems should these be

introduced into the Armed Services in the future.

The introduction of this facility is the

first phase in the long term programme for the Rationalisation

of the Defence Communication System. Its capacity is

sufficient to cope with expected traffic requirements in the

next 10-15 years.

Enquiries: Director of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra. A.C.T. 2600

Telephone: 65 2999 (Office hours) 47 8542 (After hours)