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Budget 2006: Naval aviation funding in 2006-07.



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BUDGET 2006-07 THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON Minister for Defence

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Tuesday, 9 May 2006 064/2006

NAVAL AVIATION FUNDING IN 2006-07

The Government will commit a further $26.2 million in 2006-07 in supporting the Naval Aviation capability.

Our Naval Aviation platforms have made significant contributions to the Defence of Australia as well as to humanitarian and disaster relief missions. This funding will ensure they will continue to operate safely and effectively.

The funding boost covers logistics support for the Sea King and Seahawk utility/combat aircraft and the Squirrel training aircraft.

This measure builds on the additional $102.3 million provided over four years in the 2004-05 Budget to enhance maintenance and support work for the Naval Aviation fleet.

The additional $26.2 million has been provided pending a review of ongoing logistics funding requirements for a number of Australian Defence Force platforms in the 2007-08 Budget.

Sustainment of high preparedness levels for the Australian Defence Force is critical in the increasingly dynamic and challenging security environment. It also allows for the rapid reaction of the ADF in support of humanitarian and disaster relief missions.

The Government is soon to consider options for the early replacement of the Sea King helicopters.

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Naval Aviation Funding in 2006-07 - Supporting Information

Why is this important?

• This funding will allow the Naval Aviation capability to be maintained to meet its directed levels

of capability.

Who will benefit?

• The Australian community, through the enhanced preparedness levels of the Naval Aviation fleet.

• Naval Aviation personnel, who will have access to reliable, well maintained aircraft and support

equipment.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

• The Government has committed an additional $26.2 million in 2006-07.

What have we done in the past?

• In the 2004-05 Budget, the Government provided an additional $102.3 million over four years to

enhance the maintenance of the Naval Aviation fleet. The $26.2 million is in addition to that

funding.

When will this initiative conclude?

• This initiative will conclude in 2006-07, however, the Government is to review logistics funding

for a number of Australian Defence Force platforms in the 2007-08 Budget.