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Little America in Western Australia : The US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape and the

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In 1963, the US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape in Western Australia became the first US defense facility to be established on Australian soil in peacetime. During America's Cold War struggle against communism, North West Cape's primary function was to communicate with the US fleet in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, especially nuclear missile submarines - the Navy's most powerful deterrent force. Seen as a vital outpost of US defense throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the whole venture was just as monumental for Australia.This book represents an important and long-overdue history of the significance of North West Cape for Australia-US relations and Australian politics, paying special attention to the town of Exmouth that was uniquely created to support the base. Drawing on archival records and oral interviews, A Little America in Western Australia brings to light the experiences of Australian civilians and US Navy personnel in a fascinating and often humorous portrait of life at the Cape. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO (Series: UWAP Scholarly) [Subject: Military History, Naval Studies, US Studies, Australian Studies, Politics]
In 1963, the first US defence facility on Australian soil was established - the US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape in Western Australia. In the context of America's Cold War struggle against communism, North West Cape's primary function was to communicate with the US fleet serving in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, in particular nuclear missile submarines - the United States Navy's most powerful deterrent force. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the US Naval Communication Station at North West Cape in Western Australia came to be viewed as one of the most important outposts of US defence. However, the Naval Communication Station was just as monumental for Australia as it was for America. In this important and long-overdue history, Ondaatje and Barker pursue the numerous implications that North West Cape had for Australia-US relations, Australian politics and its impact upon the social landscape of Western Australia.
Number of Pages: 392.0
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Armed Forces
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services
Author: Anthony J. Barker & Michael L. Ondaatje
Language: English
Street Date: August 19, 2015
TCIN: 23939659
UPC: 9781742586854
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-9072

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