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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Mr Ward d asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   What is the present strength of the Royal Australian Navy?

2.   What ships are at present under construction and what is the scheduled date of completion in each instance?

3.   What new construction, not yet commenced, has been approved?

4.   What ships are to be secured from overseas?

Mr Freeth - The Minister for the Navy has supplied the following answers: -

1.   In commission - One aircraft carrier, four destroyers, three A/S frigates, two frigates (oceanography and training), two frigates (surveying), one frigate (training), two auxiliary vessels (surveying), one auxiliary vessel (fishery surveillance), one boom vessel (special trials vessel), four search and rescue craft and one fast fleet tanker (on charter to Admiralty). In reserve - At three months' notice: Three destroyers and one fleet tug. At extended notice: Six frigates, four boom working vessels, two boom gate vessels, one ocean minesweeper, and one aircraft carrier, and various harbour support and servicing craft and lighters.

2.   Four type 12 frigates, viz., Parramatta to join fleet in June, 1961; Yarra to join fleet in July, 1961; R.A.N. 02 (Stuart) to join fleet in January, 1963; R.A.N. 05 (Derwent) to joint fleet in May, 1963.

3.   One 2,000-ton survey vessel.

4.   Six coastal minesweepers.

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