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Warships to visit Adelaide



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The aircraft carrier RM S MELBOURNE, and the Oberon

class submarine HIQAS ONLEY would visit Adelaide towards the

end of this year after participating in a big maritime exercise

off Western Australia, the IIinister for the Navy, Mr. D.J.

Killen announced today.

Per. Killen said M,'_T OURYE, making her first call at Adelaide since being equipped with S:fhavwk jet fighter-bombers

and Tracker anti-submarine aircraft, would be in port from November 2ยข to 7ovember 30. She had last visited Adelaide in

February, 1962.

OXLEY would follow MELBOURNE into Adelaide, arriving

on November 30 and staying until December 3,

During the same period the minehunter IUll S CURLEW

would visit 71hyalla, and the minesweeper III S HAWK would be

at Port Pirie.

METBOURN.._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, MELBOURNE will have embarked the

Wessex anti-submarine helicopters of 817 Squadron during her

call at Adelaide.

MELB0URl E arid O=I JEY will be on their 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.

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