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WARSHIPS TO VISIT HOB ART

The aircraft carrier HfiIAS P:ELEOUR I'TE , the flagship of

the Royal Australian Navy, will visit Hobart from December

2 to 7 after participating in a big maritime. exercise off Western Australia, the Minister for the Navy, Mr. D.J. Killen,

said today.

Mr. Killen said this would be MELBOUR NFE

f s first visit

to Hobart since she was equipped with Skyhawk jet fighter-bombers, and Tracker anti-submarine aircraft.

DEELBOU1 NE last visited Hobart in February, 1965.

The carrier has a ship's company of more than 1,200

officers and sailors.

In addition to the Skyhawks of 805 Squadron, and the

Trackers of 816 Squadron, BZBOURNE will have embarked the

Wessex anti-submarine helicopters of 817 Squadron during her

call at Hobart.

MELBOURNE will be on her way to Sydney having taken part in exercise Swan Lake with British warships. Twenty

ships will be deployed for Swan Lake, the first major peacetime

exercise to be held in the Indian Ocean.

CAN]ERRA, 18th September, 1970.

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