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Neil

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Re: Armidale Class Patrol Boat
« Reply #125 on: August 11, 2014, 05:53:13 pm »

fancy naming a warship after some grog.............hic :D :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:
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Re: Armidale Class Patrol Boat
« Reply #126 on: August 11, 2014, 06:18:08 pm »

Was there a class of sloops named after Swan Lager?

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Re: Armidale Class Patrol Boat
« Reply #127 on: August 12, 2014, 12:30:17 am »

HMAS Bundaberg was in a shipyard in Brisbane for a refit when a fire, probably started by welding sparks, caused terrible damage to the boat. Luckily nobody was seriously hurt, although several workers suffered smoke inhalation. The story was on all the TV news, with special emphasis on the local news where I am at the moment, at Elliott Heads near Bundaberg.


I was lucky enough to go on board Bundaberg during a visit to Cairns, her home base, in September last year, when I took many photos so I could upgrade my model of her. The Navy is waiting on an assessment of the damage to see if she is repairable, but going on the TV news pictures she looks in a bad way. She is built of aluminium, which can burn intensely, and it took a long time for fire crews to bring the blaze under control. The photo below, from Channel 7 Brisbane news, shows the forward superstructure of the boat well ablaze. The other shot is of me on the bridge of Bundaberg during our visit.


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Re: Armidale Class Patrol Boat
« Reply #128 on: August 12, 2014, 12:38:14 am »

fancy naming a warship after some grog.............hic :D :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:


I could think of worse things to name it after {-)  Perhaps some Navy personnel will be drinking large amounts of Bundy Rum to drown their sorrows now <:(


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Re: Armidale Class Patrol Boat
« Reply #129 on: August 12, 2014, 01:31:40 am »

To lose a naval vessel during engagement would be tragic, to lose a naval vessel during a docking is inexcusable

Docking work of our RAN vessels is literally work that is carried out under authority from the Commander of the vessel 

The completion of a refit to a warship is never over until the weight of the paperwork = the dry weight of the vessel

That paperwork includes the multiple delegation of sub authorities to complete the work in accordance with the documents procedures

Considering that the Armidale Class had been in service for some 7+ years.....such refit documents would have been generic, but tried & proven time and time over

The paperwork authorities documentation will be reviewed by the Naval Board of Enquiry, however will be found to be correct with the cause of the fire to have been by human intervention in the non compliance with the nominated procedures

The inexcusable action was preventable and certain personal may be found negligent and disciplined, however the Enquiry will find the vessels Commander responsible for the $30M loss

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