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Monday, 27 February 2012
Page: 975

Defence

(Question No. 1502)


Senator Johnston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 16 January 2012:

With reference to the Australian Hydrographic Service:

(1) What was the total number of days spent at sea in 2011 by the Leeuwin Class Hydrographic Ships, including how many:

   (a) of these days related to 'Operation Resolute' (as a number or a percentage of total days at sea); and

   (b) square nautical miles (or a more convenient unit) were surveyed.

(2) What was the total number of days spent at sea in 2011 by the Paluma Class Survey Motor Launches, including how many:

   (a) of these days specified related to 'Operation Resolute' (as a number or a percentage of total days at sea); and

   (b) square nautical miles (or a more convenient unit) were surveyed.


Senator Carr: The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) In 2011, the Leeuwin Class Hydrographic Ships spent 317 days at sea.

   (a)   of these days 80.5 per cent to related 'Operation Resolute'; and

   (b)   2476 square nautical miles or 7882 linear nautical miles were surveyed.

(2) In 2011, the Paluma Class Survey Motor Launches spent 408 days at sea.

   (a)   of these days none related to 'Operation Resolute'; and

   (b)   668 square nautical miles or 9459 linear nautical miles were surveyed.