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09/11/2010 MECC 523/10

MSPA 523/2010                                                                      Tuesday, 9 November 2010



Navy submarine undergoing repairs after tug boat incident


The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Dechaineux will undergo repairs after an incident involving a civilian tug boat while departing its berth at Fleet Base West in HMAS Stirling.


The submarine was carrying out a routine manoeuvre with the tug when the tug crossed over Dechaineux’s stern.


No one was injured but a subsequent inspection has confirmed repairs are needed.


HMAS Dechaineux will undergo repairs over the coming weeks.


As a result, HMAS Dechaineux will withdraw from training exercises off the WA coast.   


HMAS Dechaineux was scheduled to participate in Navy’s annual anti-submarine warfare exercise off the Western Australia coast. She will be replaced by HMAS Collins which is currently at sea. 



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