HMAS Coonawarra Hosts Parliamentary Secretary to Defence Minister


first_img View post tag: Minister View post tag: HMAS Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Coonawarra Hosts Parliamentary Secretary to Defence Minister October 31, 2013 Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon Darren Chester MP, made his first visit to the Headquarters Northern Command and HMAS Coonawarra yesterday, where he met with personnel and toured the Navy’s most northerly base.After an invigorating physical training session with personnel from AWARE One, Mr Chester toured one of Navy’s 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats and spent time speaking with personnel about the challenges of implementing the Government’s border protection policy.During his visit to the Headquarters Northern Command – also home to the Headquarters Joint Task Force (JTF) 639 – Mr Chester received a brief by Commander Northern Command, Air Commodore Ken Watson about current Defence involvement in Operation RESOLUTE, the ADF contribution to Australia’s whole of government domestic maritime border security effort. Mr Chester then embarked in HMAS Broome for an overnight patrol to get up close and personnel with Navy crew as they performed their duties. “Darwin is a gateway to our Northern neighbours and the Headquarters Northern Command and patrol boat base HMAS Coonawarra plays an important role,” Mr Chester said.“Six hundred Navy men and women work at the base supporting fleet operations. Each year the base hosts around 100 visiting Australian and foreign warships, which take part in important Royal Australian Navy and multi-national exercises.“Coonawarra is also home to 10 of the Navy’s fleet of 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats and is a key element in the front line of Navy’s support to Operation Sovereign Borders.“The visit has been a great chance to see the facilities that support the boats and ships involved in border protection operations and meet the personnel that do this important work,” Mr Chester said.[mappress]Press Release, October 31, 2013; Image: Australian MoD View post tag: Australia View post tag: Coonawarracenter_img View post tag: hosts View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic HMAS Coonawarra Hosts Parliamentary Secretary to Defence Minister View post tag: Parliamentary View post tag: Secretary Share this articlelast_img

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