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Famous RAAF squadron to move

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 1977. NO. 136/77


The RAAF1s oldest maritime reconnaissance unit -

No. 10 Squadron - will move from Townsville, Qld., to

Edinburgh, SA, on July 1.

A ceremonial parade of the squadron will be

held at Townsville on June 30 to mark the end of 28

years of No. 10 Squadron operations from the Garbutt

air base on the outskirts of the city.

The mayor of Townsville, Aid. P.J.R. (1Perc1)

Tucker will review the parade, which will include a march

past of the squadron Colour and flypasts of Neptune '

aircraft over the base and the city and suburbs.

Many former members of the squadron, including

several former commanding officers, are expected to

attend the farewell parade.

No. 10 Squadron air and ground crews will be

trained on P3B Orion aircraft of No. 11 Squadron at

RAAF Edinburgh and early in 1978 will take delivery of.

the first of their 10 new P3C Orions.

A detachment of air and ground crews and four

Neptunes of No. 10 Squadron will remain at Townsville

v until December this year when the last of the aircraft

will be withdrawn from service.

The re-equipment of No. 10 Squadron with P3B

Orions will give the RAAF a combined force of 20 Orions


at Edinburgh - an excellent capability for long-range

reconnaissance and coastal surveillance.

Aircraft of the two squadrons will operate

from strategic bases throughout Australia.

Regular patrols from Townsville will

continue to keep a close watch on the Gulf of Carpentaria

and the east coast, including the Great Barrier Reef.

. The RAAF will continue to maintain a

substantial force at Townsville and a close link with

the local population.

No. 35" Squadron, composed of Caribou transports

and Iroquois helicopters, is already based there. The

Squadron's primary role is Army support, but it is

also available for search and rescue and medical evacuation



No. 10 Squadron was the first British

Commonwealth squadron to go into action during World

War II. It was formed as a general reconnaissance

squadron with two Seagull seaplanes at RAAF Point Cook,

Vic., on July 1, 1939. Later that month a detachment

of the squadron went to England to take delivery of .

Sunderland flying boats to re-equip the squadron. War

intervened, however, a.nd it was decided to base No. 10

Squadron in England for the duration of the war. it

established a proud record, operating with Coastal

Command for convoy escort duty, anti-submarine patrols

and general reconnaissance.


On its return to Australia in January 1946

the squadron was disbanded, but it reformed at

Townsville on March 1, 1949 and has operated from there

since. At Townsville the squadron was initially equipped

with Lincoln general reconnaissance aircraft, then ,

successive marks of Neptune aircraft. It has been

operating SP2H Neptunes since 1962.


Further Enquiries; Mr Barry Custance 65 2999 (office hours) 81 0424 (after hours)