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North West Cape/Vlamingh Head

contributed by JockSwa, taken on 28 March 2014
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WWII radar tower. During WWII a radar station operated at Vlamingh Head, covering the U.S. Navy/Australian Army and Air Force base 'Potshot', near Exmouth Gulf at Learmonth. The base served as a USN fuelling facility for submarines operating out of Fremantle, 1300 km south. Subs from Fremantle were engaged in sorties in waters to the north of Australia, and helped cripple Japanese maritime activities. The radar unit would serve as an early warning of approaching aircraft, and did warn of a few Japanese aircraft incursions. The equipment was destroyed by a cyclone in 1945, and the scanner was left to rust on the ground nearby until recently. The scanner tower still stands as a memorial to the dark days of WWII.

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