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16/01/2007 MECC 10/07
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The Royal Australian Navy will conduct a further survey of the site of the Black Hawk wreckage off Fiji in order to establish the condition of the aircraft on the seafloor.


This work is expected to be completed by late March.


This is a very complex and challenging maritime salvage undertaking and the United States Navy Supervisor of Salvage, SUPSALV, has been identified as the preferred organisation for the survey and potential recovery tasking.


SUPSALV personnel and equipment pinpointed the location of the Black Hawk’s Flight Data Recorder beacon in 2900 metres of water from HMAS Melville in mid December 2006. They are specialists in recovering military aircraft from depths at which the flight data recorder was located.


Equipment and personnel necessary to effect recovery of the aircraft will be in place, however a decision to attempt the recovery of the aircraft will be based on data collected from the survey.


A Defence Maritime Services vessel has been identified to support this survey and potential recovery task.



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