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NAVY NEWS INFORMATION

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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BUILDERS TO HAND OVER NEW WARSHIP

The 322m. Australian destroyer escort HMAS SWAN, which

was commissioned in January, will he handed over by the builders

to the RAN tomorrow. .

The acceptance papers will be signed by the General .

Manager of the Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Captain M.P. Reed, ·

and the captain of the ship, Commander D.W. Falconer, after the

ship has completed full power and other trials.

. She will sail from Williamstown at 8.45 a.rn. and will

undergo speed trials over the measured mile in Bass Strait

and pre-wetting trials. (Pre-wetting is a nuclear fallout

preventative action in which the whole ship is sprayed with

water to prevent contamination). ·

The official handover will take place in Port Philip

Bay after completion of the trials.

SWAN will continue trials and work-up in the Melbourne

area after acceptance and Is expected to Sail for Sydney about

mid-year to join the Fleet.

SWAN is a River-class escort of 2,700 tons. Four

sister-ships are in service and another is still building.

SWAN is the most complex .warship built in Australia

and modern features include improved navigational and gunnery

radars., stabilizers, remote control of machinery and boilers, ;

automatic steering and improved accommodation. ■

CANBERRA, 1'5th April, 1970.