Australian Warships In The News

From Offshore Shipping online:

Windermere joins the Royal Australian Navy

Australia’s Minister for Defense Stephen Smith and Minister for Defense Materiel Jason Clare have announced that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will lease the subsea operations vessel Windermere from Hallin Marine, in order to reinforce the RAN’s amphibious capability during the Australian region cyclone season which commences in November.
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From The Canberra Times:

Captain Miller has a firm grasp of the navy's tiller

Captain Michele Miller loves guns. The first woman to command an Anzac class frigate, HMAS Perth, she isn't one of those people who are happy to slip down to the shooting range with a rifle or a pistol however. Her passion is for something a little bigger; the five inch (127mm) artillery pieces mounted near the bows of Australia's helicopter frigates.
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From The Daily Telegraph:

$630 million a year to keep Australian Collins Class submarines afloat

AUSTRALIA'S troubled Collins Class submarines are more than twice as costly to operate as US Navy nuclear submarines - which are five times larger.
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Comment: Don't be too surprised if the Navy publishes a rebuttal to this one. The numbers here just don't sound right.​
From The Australian Navy Website:

WWII Ammunition to be Rendered Safe in PNG on Joint Mission

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today announced that more than 150 personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF), New Zealand Defence Force and Papua New Guinea Defence Force will begin Operation RENDER SAFE, an explosives ordnance disposal activity aimed at unexploded World War Two ammunition in Papua New Guinea (PNG) this week.
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From The Hindustan Times:

Oz sailor dies of gunshot wound on ship

A 28-year-old Australian naval sailor was reported to have died of a gunshot wound on board a defence vessel, HMAS Toowoomba, on Monday. The Mumbai police were not officially informed about the incident till Monday evening, and the time of death as well as the name of the sailor is not known.
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Comment: Whoa!!! Somebody is going to have a lot of explaining to do over this!​
From IBN Live:

Australian Defence Dept launches probe into sailor's death

Mumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Australian Defence Department has launched a probe into the death of a naval sailor on board its warship while it was docked in Mumbai, police said today. The internal investigation service team landed in the city yesterday and began investigations into the incident, a senior police official at Yellow Gate police station here said today.
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