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Former Navy destroyer gifted to South Australia.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. John Moore, MP Minister for Defence

Sunday, 18 June 2000 MIN 137/00

Former Navy Destroyer Gifted to South Australia  

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, today announced that the guided missile destroyer (DDG), formerly known as HMAS HOBART, has been gifted to the South Australian Government for use as a recreational diving attraction.

"This is the first time the Federal Government has made a gift of this type to South Australia. There has been great interest in obtaining HOBART and this decision has the potential to provide a real boost to the local tourism industry," Mr Moore said.

"The hulk of former destroyer-escort SWAN, which was given to the Western Australian Government in 1997, has been dived on by an estimated 14,000 Australian and overseas divers, and I am advised that this has contributed an additional $5.2 million in earnings to Western Australia."

HOBART is a Charles F. Adams class destroyer which saw 35 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy, having been commissioned on the 18th December 1965. She completed three tours of duty with US forces during the Vietnam War, coming under fire while serving as a unit of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet.

"HOBART was the second of three guided missile destroyers acquired for the Navy and has served Australia with pride and distinction," said Mr Moore.

The ship will be towed from Sydney to South Australia, scuttled off the Fleurieu

Peninsula, south-east of Adelaide, and form the nucleus of an artificial reef.

Currently, weapons and fittings are being removed for use on other Navy ships, and HOBART is undergoing an extensive clean-up operation to remove oil and other pollutants.

More information is available from Peter Cattlin on 0411 408939 or (02) 9377 2905.

 

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