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Tuesday, 20 September 1949

Mr Francis s asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   What is the present strength of the Royal Australian Navy?

2.   How many personnel are engaged in administration, ordnance and other noncomftatant duties in the service and what is the nature of these duties?

3.   What is the strength of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and what is the total number of naval cadets now in training?

Mr Riordan (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Navy) - The answersto the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   10,230.

2.   £,260, which includes recruits under training personnel undergoing advanced technical training and officers undergoing training in Royal Navy ships and establishments. All Royal Australian Navy personnel are eligible for service at sea and duties of a combatant nature.

3.   Strength of Royal Australian Naval Reserve as at the 13th September, 1949, totals 4,473, comprising: (a) Officers and ratings, 4,158; (b) Women's Royal Australian Naval Service personnel, 315. As reintroduction of reserve training does not become effective until the 1st January, 1950, no Citizen Naval Force cadets are now in training. At present, 86 Royal Australian Navy cadet midshipmen are under training at Royal Australian Navy College.

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