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Friday, 21 June 1946

Mr Archie Cameron n asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Have any ships of the Royal Australian Navy been disposed of; if so, which ships, and to whom and for what price?

2.   Have anyarms, ammunition or munitions of war been sold or supplied to any other government ?

Mr Chifley - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1   . The only warships attached to the Royal Australian Navy which have been disposed of are the Vendetta, and Stuart. These two ships were on permanent loan from the Admiralty to the Royal Australian Navy and they have been disposed of on Admiralty account. In addition some auxiliary minesweeping vessels which were constructed in Australia on Admiralty account and which were manned by the Royal Australian Navy during the war period have been transferred by the Admiralty to other governments.

2.   Yes. During and afterthe 1939-45 war Australia has supplied arms, ammunition and munitions of war to Allied countries as required by them and to the extent that such arms, ammunition and munitions of war couldbe spared.

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