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Thursday, 10 March 1966

Mr CHANEY (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Navy) - I saw a report in a Sydney newspaper that some divers had found bombs on the sea floor. They thought they were aerial bombs but they proved to be squid mortar bombs which had been placed on the sea floor by the Navy after being rendered inert. This was done for purposes of training underwater divers at the Navy's school for divers. I think twelve bombs have been so placed. The Maritime Services Board of New South Wales is aware of their presence. They do not constitute a danger to personnel or to ships.

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