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Defence Minister saddened by HMAS Westralia accident off Fremantle.



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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Minister for Defence

The Hon Ian McLachlan AO MP

 

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone:(06) 2777800

Facsimile: (06) 2734118

 

Tuesday, 5 May 1998

 

 

DEFENCE MINISTER SADDENED BY HMAS WESTRALIA

ACCIDENT OFF FREMANTLE

 

The Minister for Defence, Mr Ian McLachlan, said he had been saddened to learn of four missing sailors and four others injured after a fire on the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS WESTRALIA off Fremantle today.

 

Mr McLachlan said his thoughts were for those Australian Defence personnel on the fuel supply ship and their families, especially those of sailors still not accounted for.

 

“At this stage it was too early to comment on what has caused the accident, but a full and thorough investigation will be carried out”, Mr McLachlan said.

 

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