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Monday, 18 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD - The answer to the honorable senator's question is as follows : -

The Cerberus requires 6 officers and 64 men or the Permanent Force for mobilization. The officers are - Captain, commander, fleet engineer, paymaster, chief gunner, and gunner. There are required, for torpedo craft and other services, 11 officers and 72 men.

The total, however, of the Permanent Force is only 14 officers and 93 men. These are required as instructional staff and nucleus crews for the Cerberus, five torpedo craft, the Naval Depots at Williamstown and Swan Island, the Examination Services, and Signal Stations.

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