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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4271

Mr Sinclair asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   What were the findings of the Defence strategists following the completion of Operation Dark Moon as to the involvement of various Service units which participated.

(2)   Did the exercise reveal the need for the purchase of advance Defence equipment, particularly in relation to personnel carriers and troop transport aircraft.

(3)   Are there any similar exercises planned for the near future; if so, where and when.

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

(1)   and (2) The Exercise Director is due to submit his report to Army Headquarters, where it will be put to study at the end of November.

(3)   The next task force exercise is planned for late 1974 and will be held at Shoalwater Bay, Queensland.

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