• Short Summary

    Australian's largest peacetime military exercise "Kangaroo Two" reaches a climax on Saturday (23 October) when Australian, New Zealand and American forces storm the town of Rockhampton in the north eastern Australian state of Queensland.

  • Description

    Australian's largest peacetime military exercise "Kangaroo Two" reaches a climax on Saturday (23 October) when Australian, New Zealand and American forces storm the town of Rockhampton in the north eastern Australian state of Queensland.

    SYNOPSIS: Aircraft from the Australian carrier, H.M.A.S. Melbourne, carried out an airborne assault on the industrial complex of Newcastle in New South Wales, one hundred miles North of Sydney. The 24 hour offensive was planned to theoretically wipe out Australia's iron and steel production capability. The Melbourne was backed by Australian support ships Derwent and Stewart, and the New Zealand frigates, Canterbury and Otago.

    Helicopters stand by during airborne activity in case aircraft crash overboard. After the attack on Newcastle, an armada of vessels steamed north to meet the American fleet, which includes the super carrier, Enterprise, for the final exercise in Queensland. At Amberly Air Force base, American Harrier vertical take-off aircraft, based on the English prototypes, backed up troops moving through the bush toward Shoalhaven near Rockhampton. The entire operation has come under criticism from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Newsagency Tass said the exercise would stop up the arms race and heighten tension in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Tass said Anzus bloc members had built up a militaristic hysteria about a mythical Soviet menace in order to facilitate America's military plans.

    Nearly 11 thousand men are involved in the joint sea, air and ground operation. Military officials say the preliminary manoeuvres have gone off with clockwork precision.

    Aerial exercises also featured the Australian squadron of F-One-Elevens the Australian Government bought from the United States.

    Operations over long distance require airborne refuelling, and the Australian F-One-Elevens get their fill from American KC One-35 flying tankers. The KC One-35 tankers are versions of the Boeing 707.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA860RVSHWPA1QKNA6F2AN048IC
    Media URN:
    VLVA860RVSHWPA1QKNA6F2AN048IC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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