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THURSDAY. AUGUST 31, 1978. NO. 129/78

HMAS CRESWELL MAKES HISTORY

Naval history will be made at HMAS Creswell, Jervis

Bay, NSW, next Monday (September 4) when a small party of

female officer trainees join their male counterparts for

officer training. ‘

Previously, trainee officers of the Women's Royal

Australian Naval Service (WRANS) did their officer training

of about four months at HMAS Cerberus, near Melbourne.

On Monday, -eight WRANS Officer Cadets will join

17 midshipmen at HMAS Creswell for the initial stage of their

training which will last until mid 1979. The students, whose

ages range from 17 to 26, will study subjects ranging from

Service writing to navigation,,seamanship and communications -

Stage two of the WRAN Officer Cadets' training

will be devoted to professional courses in communications

and supply, the latter being a new employment for female

officers.

For the third and final stage of the two-year course

they will consolidate the professional training received

during the initial stages of their course.

Five of the female officer cadets come from the

ranks of the WRANS. The other three are former civilians. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Further Enquiries; Mr Noel Tanswell 65 2999 (office hours)

48 0476 (after hours)