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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 98

Question No. 179


Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 19 May 1983:

(1) Is it a fact that United States of America naval vessels are increasingly using the ports of Fremantle and Garden Island as rest and recreation bases.

(2) How many US servicemen visited these ports during each of the years 1980 to 1982.

(3) What were the names and dates on which US nuclear powered submarines visited HMAS Stirling during the same years.

(4) Is he able to state whether any of the US submarines which visited HMAS Stirling called on other ports in the Indian Ocean region during the same years; if so, (a) which ports and (b) on what dates.


Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The number of United States Navy warship visits to Western Australian ports (principally Fremantle and HMAS Stirling) rose from an average of 22 ship visits a year during the years 1977-79 to 30 visits in 1980, 48 in 1981 and 51 in 1982.

(2) The approximate numbers of United States servicemen who visited the port of Fremantle and HMAS Stirling in the years 1980-82 are as follows:

1980-11,500.

1981-34,500.

1982-30,000.

(3) The names of United States nuclear powered submarines visiting HMAS Stirling in the period 1980-82 and the dates of each visit, are as follows:

Serial

Name

Dates

1.

USS Haddock

26 Mar.-8 Apr. 1980

2.

USS Los Angeles

1-7 Apr. 1980

3.

USS Guard Fish

16-21 May 1980

4.

USS Puffer

18-25 July 1980

5.

USS Baton Rouge

25-30 July 1980

6.

USS Tautog

14-20 Aug. 1980

7.

USS Groton

6-11 Sep. 1980

8.

USS Permit

12-17 Sep. 1980

9.

USS Omaha

10-17 Nov. 1980

10.

USS Haddo

16-22 Dec. 1980

11.

USS Philadelphia

23-29 Dec. 1980

12.

USS Memphis

6-11 Feb. 1981

13.

USS Gurnard

27-28 Feb. 1981

14.

USS Cavalla

15-22 Apr. 1981

15.

USS Pintado

20-27 May 1981

16.

USS Bluefish

29 May-3 June 1981

17.

USS Los Angeles

6-13 July 1981

18.

USS Cincinnati

8-13 July 1981

19.

USS Haddock

11-17 Aug. 1981

20.

USS New York City

23-30 Sep. 1981

21.

USS Bremerton

5-12 Oct. 1981

22.

USS Flasher

22-28 Oct. 1981

23.

USS Aspro

30 Nov.-7 Dec. 1981

24.

USS Tautog

29 Jan.-5 Feb. 1982

25.

USS Puffer

10-17 Feb. 1982

26.

USS Sea Horse

19-26 Mar. 1982

27.

USS Cavalla

14-21 June 1982

28.

USS Indianapolis

26 July-2 Aug. 1982

29.

USS San Francisco

11-18 Oct. 1982

30.

USS Jacksonville

16-23 Nov. 1982

(4) Records of the movements of US submarines are not maintained by the Department of Defence.