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Release No: 229-96
July 22, 1996

General Shalikashvili to Depart for Australia, July 23, 1996 No. 229-P

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, USA, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will depart Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on Tuesday, July 23, 1996, for official visits to Australia and San Diego, California. He will return to Washington on Friday, August 2. In Australia, Gen. Shalikashvili will attend the U.S.- Australian Ministerial (AUSMIN) talks with Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Secretary of Defense William Perry and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Joseph W. Prueher. The Ministerial will provide a forum for the discussion of regional and bilateral issues important to both nations. On Saturday, July 27, Gen. Shalikashvili will commence an Australian counterpart visit hosted by Gen. John S. Baker, Chief of the Defence Force. He will attend the commissioning ceremony of HMAS COLLINS in Adelaide and tour facilities in the Alice Springs and Darwin areas. During the visit he and Gen. Baker will discuss topics of mutual interest and regional security. Gen. Shalikashvili will hold a press conference in Darwin on Monday, July 29, prior to departing Australia. Gen. Shalikashvili will visit Navy and Marine facilities in the San Diego area. On Wednesday, July 31, he will attend a breakfast session with the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce Military Advisory Council and hold a media availability onboard USS ESSEX. On Thursday, August 1, he will participate in a San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board.

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