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    A joint naval exercise involving Australian, New Zealand and British forces has taken place in the Indian Ocean off Australia during the last two weeks.

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    A joint naval exercise involving Australian, New Zealand and British forces has taken place in the Indian Ocean off Australia during the last two weeks.

    Seventeen Australian and British warships took part, with aircraft from New Zealand and Australia.

    After leaving Sydney on October 26 the ships, submarines and aircraft engaged in round the-clock exercises.

    The exercise, codenamed "Swan Lake," was conducted to demonstrate the possibility of deploying ships from the east coast and other areas to the West Australia area; and to provide tactical, anti-submarine, air operations and weapon training for ships of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

    Among the ships taking part in the exercises was the Australian aircraft carrier "Melbourne". The Fleet Air Arm squadrons embarked on the carrier took part in flying operations designed to test the offensive and defensive capabilities of the aircraft and ships.

    In the Great Australian Bight, long range maritime patrol aircraft of the RAAF have combined with the Fleet to protect vital sea lanes against intruders.

    The fleet interrupted the exercises to spend four days at Cockburn sound, in Western australia, where the Australian Government plans to build a naval base.

    SYNOPSIS: A joint naval exercise involving Australian, New Zealand and British forces took place in the Indian ocean off Australian recently. The Australian aircraft carrier "Melbourne" was among the ships that took part in the exercises.

    Squadrons of the Fleet Air Arm were embarked on the carrier to take part in flying operations. Their aim was to test the offensive and defensive capabilities of the aircraft and ships.

    Seventeen Australian and British warships took part in all, with aircraft from New Zealand and Australia. The ships, submarines an aircraft engaged in round-the-clock exercises since leaving Sydney on October 26. The long range maritime patrol aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force combined with the Fleet to counter surface intruders in the vital sea lanes of the Great AustRalian Bight.

    The aim of the exercise, which bears the codename "Swan Lake", was to demonstrate the possibility of deploying ships from the east coast and other areas to the West Australian area. The exercise also provided the opportunity of tactical, antisubmarine and weapon training for the forces taking part.

    The aircraft taking place in the exercise belonged to the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal australian Air Force.

    Long range maritime patrol aircraft of the Australian Air Force combined with the Fleet air arm to protect the vital sealines of the Great Australian Bight from intruders.

    The exercises, which have lasted two weeks, were interrupted by a rest of four days at Cockburn Sound, in Western Australia, where the Australian government plans to build a naval base.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEH83Y53TM1K27AJYF30PP9OJ9
    Media URN:
    VLVAEH83Y53TM1K27AJYF30PP9OJ9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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