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DPIO 1 2 9 /9 8 P/ L a Friday J u ly 17, 1 9 9 8

WESTRALIA BOARD OF INQUIRY CONCLUDES

The Naval B oard of In q u iry in to th e engine room fire th a t claim ed fo u r lives in HMAS WESTRALIA o n M ay 5 th is year co n clu d ed to d ay (Friday 17), having received its final su b m issio n s.

T he B oard will now w rite its report, an d is d u e to p re s e n t its findings an d recom m endations to th e M aritim e C om m ander A u stra lia , R ear A dm iral C hris Ritchie by A u g u st 7, 1998.

The M aritim e C o m m an d er will th e n con sid er th e re p o rt a n d m ake h is recom m endations before p a ssin g it on to th e C hief of Navy, Vice Adm iral D on C halm ers, for im p lem en tatio n .

T here will be no p u b lic co m m en t on any of th e o u tco m es from th e B oard rep o rt u n til th is process, expected to be com pleted by th e en d of S eptem ber th is year, h a s ta k e n its co u rse. In line w ith th e o p e n n a tu re of th e Inquiry

th e B oard’s reco m m e n d atio n s a n d th e s u b s e q u e n t decisions will be fully a n d publicly explained.

The p u rp o se of a n y B oard of Inquiry is to e sta b lish facts.

A sta te m e n t or d isclo su re m ad e by a w itn ess in th e c o u rse of giving evidence before a B oard of In q u iry c a n n o t be u se d in s u b s e q u e n t civil or m ilitary legal proceedings. W here th e findings of a B oard of In q u iry in d icate th a t som e fu rth e r action w h e th e r civil or m ilitary, m ay be w a rra n te d , se p ara te

proceedings to investigate a n d collect evidence w ould be required.

Further Inform ation: Vic Jeffrey 08 9 5 5 3 2 4 1 5 (w)

0412 261 863 (mob)

or L ieu ten an t M ark Croxford, RAN 02 6 2 6 5 1164 (w)

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