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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Leeuwin]



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

24 June 2012

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel south-west of Christmas Island today.

Initial indications suggest there are 60 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

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