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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 2391


Mr Stewart asked the Minister for Sup ply, upon notice:

(1)   Have any investigations or trials been carried out by any Government Department on hydrofield hulls designed by Mr L. E. Field of Queensland.

(2)   If so,

(a)   what trials and investigations have been undertaken and with what results and

(b)   has any decision been taken onthe use of these ships for defence purposes.


Mr Garland - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) No Commonwealth Government Department has carried out investigations or trials on Mr Field's Hydrofield hull, either full scale or model. However officers from the Defence Group of Departments have witnessed trials conducted by Mr Field, of small craft incorporating this hull design.

These trials and the information provided by Mr Field have not demonstrated that the design has sufficient potential advantage to the Defence Group of Departments to justify the Commonwealth's proceeding further.







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