Sea­men wanted Down Un­der

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MORE than 1,000 Brit sailors cur­rently fac­ing the axe un­der de­fence cuts could soon be mov­ing Down Un­der.

The Royal Aus­tralian Navy (RAN) wants to en­tice the troops who are be­ing made re­dun­dant, be­tween now and 2015.

Skilled main­te­nance work­ers – in par­tic­u­lar en­gi­neers – are at the top of its “wanted” list.

A RAN spokesman said: “Our Navy has been closely con­sult­ing with the Royal Navy on op­tions for per­son­nel af­fected by the down­siz­ing.”

And the Royal Navy, which is giv­ing re­dun­dant per­son­nel a “com­pre­hen­sive re­set­tle­ment pack­age”, is said to be “very com­fort­able” with the move.

More than 5,000 ser­vice staff are set to lose their jobs as part of the Govern­ment’s down­siz­ing.

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