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F e d e r a l M e m b e r f o r W a n n o n

3 September 2003

ARARAT TAKING TO THE SEA AGAIN

Member for Wannon - David Hawker - has welcomed the Australian Navy’s decision to name one of its new patrol boats the Ararat.

The new 57 metre long patrol boats are bigger and faster and the first is due to go into service in 2005.

Mr. Hawker said the naming of ships after Australian cities helped strengthen links between communities and the Navy.

He said it was fitting that one of the new patrol boats should carry the name Ararat given the long association between the city and the Navy.

“The name Ararat first appeared on a Bathurst Class corvette that was commissioned in 1943,” Mr. Hawker said.

“The corvette escorted a number of convoys between Queensland and New Guinea and, while based at Manus Island, was almost constantly at sea on escort and patrol duties.

“Between 1945 and 1946 the Ararat was part of the 20th Minesweeping Flotilla carrying out post-war mine clearance operations.

“The corvette Ararat was decomissioned in 1947 and sold in 1961.”

Mr. Hawker said he was delighted the Navy had seen fit to once again honour one of its vessels and an important Australian rural city by using the name Ararat.

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