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'Most modern afloat'

. Canberra, Tuesday

Australia's ; new air craft-carrier 'i H.M.A.S.' Melbourne would be the most modern light fleet carrier afloat, Mr. Fran cis, Navy Minister, said today.

; About 1,000 R.A.N.

officers and men would

leave Sydney for' the United' Kingdom iii the

aircraft - carrier Ven geance on June 16 to bring the Melbourne to Australia. '

. The Melbourne will arrive in Australian waters in May next year. '

She would have an angled deck, which increases the safety factor for pilots* and lessens the damage some times done to aircraft land ing on conventional straight

decks.

Melbournè would carry Sea Venom jet fighters and Gannet turbo-prop anti submarine aircraft.

Mr. Francis said that when the Vengeance reached Eng land she would revert to the Royal Navy which lent her to the R.A.N. pending Mel bourne's completion.

Vengeance personnel would then go to Barrow-on-Fur ness tb join other officers and men who are standing by Melbourne.

Three officers and 10 rat ings of the R.A.N.V.R. would be included in the comple ment of the Vengeance on her passage to England.

Their trip was a reward for outstanding service in the Reserve.

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