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Prime Minister joins family and friends to farewell HMAS Kanimbla.

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Departmental 4/03


What: Traditional farewell of HMAS KANIMBLA from Fleet Base East as she heads to the Persian Gulf to prepare for operations should military action become necessary to disarm Iraq.

When: Thursday, 23 January 2003.

Media to assemble at the main gate of Garden Island at 8.30am sharp for a security briefing. Photographic identification will be required. KANIMBLA will depart at 10am. A media boat will be provided to follow the ship as she leaves Sydney Harbour. As passenger numbers will be limited, please call Raveena Carroll on 0411 203579

to secure your place.

Where: The main gate of Garden Island is located at the intersection of Cowper Wharf Road and Wylde Street, Woolloomooloo (next to the traffic lights). Parking will be available.

Who: Prime Minister John Howard, Defence Minister Robert Hill, Chief of the Defence Force General Peter Cosgrove, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, Maritime Commander Australia Rear Admiral Raydon Gates, family and friends of the deploying ADF personnel.

HMAS KANIMBLA is being deployed forward to the Persian Gulf as part of the Australian Defence Force’s contingency arrangements should military action become necessary to disarm Iraq. Australia already has two frigates, HMA Ships ANZAC and DARWIN, deployed in the Gulf as part of international coalition against terrorism operations enforcing United Sanctions against Iraq.

KANIMBLA is an Amphibious Transport Ship capable of transporting troops, vehicles and landing craft and various military helicopters over long distances. These ships are also capable of performing other tasks such as providing command, control, communications, intelligence and the electronic warfare needs of a deployable Joint Force Headquarters and for support of disaster relief operations. KANIMBLA will deploy with a Sea King helicopter, Army

landing craft, an Army air defence regiment from 16 Air Defence Regiment and a specialist explosive ordnance disposal team.

Important note:

For security reasons, media are requested not to identify service personnel (with the exception of the Chief of Defence Force, Chief of Navy and Maritime Commander Australia) by name, or to reveal their residential addresses.

Family members who are interviewed are requested to only be identified by their first names. Service personnel should only be referred to in articles as "Sailor", or by rank.

Access to Garden Island is subject to acceptance of these conditions.

For further information contact:

Raveena Carroll - Defence Public Affairs NSW on (02) 9359 2785 or 0411 203 579.

Issued by Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT, 2600