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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   Has the Daring class destroyer H.M.A.S. " Voyager ", at present docked at Sydney waited for over a week for a private company to repair the forward air-conditioning plant?

2.   Does this air-conditioning system ordinarily serve five mess decks and approximately 220 men?

3.   Has proper regard been afforded to the health of personnel during the period the plant has been out of commission?

4.   Is it likely that under certain operational conditions such a failure could have comparatively serious consequences?

5.   Would it be both practical and possible to carry auxiliary units for use in such eventualities?

6.   Will consideration be given to the apparent need to train Navy personnel in the repair, care and maintenance of such plant to ensureits efficient function at all times, particularly at sea under operational conditions?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   No. As a result of operating experience at sea, certain modifications to sets fitted in " Voyager " were considered desirable and, after consultation with the manufacturers, the work is now in hand.

2.   The system referred to serves six mess decks and approximately 170 men.

3.   Yes. Failure of an air-conditioning system may produce conditions of discomfort that are not necessarily prejudicial to health.

4.   No. Portable blowers are carried on board for the supply of ventilation should air supply fans fail.

5.   The ventilation system in " Voyager " is as reliable as is fitted in all other ships and, apart from portable blowers referred to above, neither weight nor space considerations will allow more spare units to be fitted.

6.   Navy personnel are trained in the repair, care and maintenance of the plant in question.

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