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Royal Australian Navy self defence capabilities.



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Defence

MEDIA RELEASE

27/02/2003 Departmental 27/03

Royal Australian Navy Self Defence Capabilities

Following a report on ABC Online News yesterday, 26 February 2003, titled "Gulf watcher warns Aust ships have little defence," Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie has made the following statement.

"Royal Australian Navy ships are capable against current threats in the Area of Operations and will operate under a coalition military umbrella with strong self defence Capabilities.

"Navy people are extremely well trained and proficient in the operational tasks they may be called upon to perform. The Navy would not send its people into an area for which they and their ships were not prepared.

"RAN frigates are fitted with missile systems, close in weapons systems, electronic warfare systems and guns. Their sensors and combat systems are highly effective in air and surface defence against credible threats in the area of operations.

"All RAN ships are subject to a continuous process of improvement and, where capability limitations exist, Navy knows about them and has upgrades planned to ensure that they will be capable against future threats."

Media Contact:

Andrew Stackpool

Media Liaison 6265 2703/0410 626 639

Issued by Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT, 2600