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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Leeuwin]



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UNCLASSIFIED

THE HON. JASON CLARE MP

MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS

MINISTER FOR JUSTICE

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

Sunday, 1 July 2012

HMAS Leeuwin, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Christmas Island today.

Initial indications suggest there are 53 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

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