Dar­win naval base goes into lock­down


ADar­win naval base went into lock­down re­cently af­ter an armed in­truder stole mil­i­tary-is­sue weapons and tied up a sailor dur­ing a raid on a navy pa­trol boat. Po­lice have called the in­ci­dent a breach of na­tional se­cu­rity. The break-in at the HMAS Coon­awarra base, was by a sin­gle in­truder armed with a gun and wear­ing a bala­clava boarded the Ar­mi­dale class pa­trol boat Bathurst, which was moored at the base.

A North­ern Ter­ri­tory Po­lice spokesman said a crew­man on board was as­saulted and tied up be­fore the in­truder broke into the boat’s ar­moury. He said two pump-ac­tion shot­guns and a dozen 9mm pis­tols were taken.

An Ar­mi­dale class pa­trol boat would carry a stock of ma­chine guns, as­sault ri­fles, shot­guns, 9mm pis­tols and am­mu­ni­tion in its ar­moury. A “cache” of weapons ap­peared to be miss­ing. The Royal Aus­tralian Navy bases 10 of its 14 pa­trol boats in Dar­win.

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