Bit of R & R a shore bet

Navy gives its sailors leave on the triple

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO an­

THREE navy ships have made a stopover in Cairns, while an­other has been spot­ted fur­ther north pro­vid­ing mar­i­time se­cu­rity sup­port for APEC.

Frigates HMAS Par­ra­matta and HMAS War­ra­munga and re­plen­ish­ment ship HMAS Suc­cess ar­rived at the Port of Cairns this week.

A De­fence spokesman said the ships were in Cairns for “a lo­gis­tics visit”.

He said the ships were due to depart to­day.

A Ports North spokesman said the ships were ex­pected to stay an­other day in the Far North be­fore de­part­ing.

“I have no idea what they’re do­ing here,” he said.

“They ar­rived a cou­ple of days ago for some R & R – a bit of rest for the crew.

“Par­ra­matta was here Fe­bru­ary this year and War­ra­munga hasn’t vis­ited Cairns for a few years.”

HMAS Ade­laide has also been spot­ted in Pa­pua New Guinea in re­cent days. It’s un­der­stood the ship has joined a Royal Aus­tralian Navy land­ing he­li­copter dock and Ar­mi­dale class pa­trol boats, HMAS Lar­rakia and Glenelg, to sup­port PNG se­cu­rity agen­cies to de­liver a safe and se­cure APEC which is be­ing held in Port Moresby on Novem­ber 17-18.

“The safety and se­cu­rity of the mar­i­time en­vi­ron­ment sur­round­ing Port Moresby will be crit­i­cal dur­ing Lead­ers’ Week,” Min­is­ter for De­fence Christo­pher Pyne said.

“Aus­tralia is pleased to en­hance PNG’s mar­i­time se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for APEC by pro­vid­ing these ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for De­fence Se­na­tor David Fawcett said the ADF stood ready to re­spond to se­cu­rity tasks if re­quested by PNG’s Joint Se­cu­rity Task Force.

He said the task force was “well pre­pared to han­dle all se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for Lead­ers’ Week”.

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