394 Legation in Washington to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 406 WASHINGTON, 7 March 1942, 12.42 a.m.

MOST SECRET

For Chief of Naval Staff [1] from Naval Attache. [2] Tropic 189.

Combined Chiefs of Staff have decided Northern Australia is to revert to Australian Command on the understanding Dutch headquarters will be allowed to operate A.B.D.A. aircraft and ships from Australia if they so desire.

FOLLOWING OUTBREAK OF WAR WITH JAPAN, 1941. FORMATION OF A.B.D.A.

AREA]

1 Vice-Admiral Sir Guy Royle.

2 Commander D. H. Harries.

[AA:MP1217, BOX 552, STRATEGICAL APPRECIATION IN FAR EAST