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WEDNESDAY. JUNE 27, 1979. NO. 120/79

RUSSIAN TASK FORCE

The Department of Defence today released

photographs of the Russian task force which recently transitted

the Indian Ocean.

The photographs were taken recently from a RAAF

P3B Orion long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft of No. 11

Squadron, RAAF Edinburgh, SA.

The Orion located the task force off the Nicobar

Islands in the north-east of the Indian Ocean. The ships

were then heading east at 12 knots.

. The ships are the 45,000 tonne aircraft carrier

'Minsk 1, the guided missile cruiser 1Petropavlovsk1, and the

amphibious assault ship 1Ivan Rogov1.

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88 1112 (after hours)

Note for Press Gallery: Photographs have been dispatched

direct by air express.