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Navy tracker squadron wins flying safety trophy



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D E F E N C E press release DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE CANBERRA

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1978. NO. 119/78

NAVY TRACKER SQUADRON WINS FLYING SAFETY TROPHY

A naval air squadron which was responsible

for air surveillance patrols off Darwin late last year

and early this year has been awarded the McNicoll Trophy

for the best flying safety record for 1977-78.

The Squadron, VC851, is a squadron of S2G

Tracker anti-submarine aircraft and HS748 support aircraft.

Its normal role is to train aircrew at the Naval Air

Station at Nowra, on the NSW south coast.

During the wet season, between November 1, 1977

and January 20, 1978, three Trackers from the Squadron

flew almost 400 hours on day and night patrols. The

VC851 Squadron aircraft were relieved by aircraft from

VS816 Squadron earlier this year.

No. VC851 Squadron, which was runner-up for the

McNicoll Trophy last year, was highly commended for its

excellent all-round performance for the Collins Trophy

(operational efficiency) this year.

The McNicoll Trophy was presented to the RAN

in 1968 by the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Company of

the United States, and is named after Vice Admiral

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Sir Alan McNicoll, a former Chief of Naval Staff.

Six squadrons competed for the trophy this

year.

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Further Enquiries: Mr Noel Tanswell 65 2999 (office hours) 48 0476 (after hours)