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Armidale Patrol boat raided
« on: November 30, 2012, 05:12:28 AM »

Darwin navel base is in lockdown after an armed intruder stole weapons from one of the Armidale patrol boats in the base.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-30/weapons-stolen-in-naval-base-security-breach/4401296
Some videos of Armidales in action.

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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012, 11:24:22 AM »

Not surprising, considering that the Government has put the upgrade of our bases, Army, Navy & Airforce on hold as part of the recent Defence cuts.
 The upgrades, included the ADF taking back responsibility for base security from private contractors after the investigation of the foiled attempted terrorist attack on Sydney's Holswothy Army Base. <:( <:(
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012, 12:03:19 PM »

Sounds like something that would have happened to HMAS Hammersley, then they spend 45 minutes getting them back.
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2012, 12:26:16 PM »

Sounds like something that would have happened to HMS Troutbridge  :embarrassed:
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2012, 01:02:55 PM »

Sounds like something that would have happened to HMS Troutbridge  :embarrassed:

 {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)  Well, that dates us both! O0 O0 O0
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2012, 10:43:33 PM »

Left hand down a bit.   Carry on number one.  :embarrassed:
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2012, 11:43:48 PM »

 >>:-( <*<  .....sounds like a semi inside job....... :o ....Derek
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2012, 12:09:27 AM »

Yes. Unhappy sailor or maintenance man to have a pass to get into the base and know the layout and proceedures onboard.   Possibly stolen to order since he stole 2 pump action shotguns and several pistols.
Watch out for a big bank robbery in the near future.   Hopefully not a terrorist attack.
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2012, 12:52:41 AM »

 :o ....mmmm I don't believe it has been released yet.....but my best guess is "the offender" entered the base from the water :-X ....Derek
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2012, 01:03:20 AM »

You are not the only one thinking that.
From the ABC News:
National security experts say an armed attack on a Navy base in Darwin could have been an inside job by someone with military training.
A man wearing military-style clothing broke into the HMAS Coonawarra base, near Darwin's central business district in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He overpowered a crewman on board the Armidale-class patrol boat Bathurst, stealing a dozen pistols and two pump-action shotguns from the ship's armoury.
Police are continuing to hunt for the man, and are not ruling out that someone connected to the Defence Force was involved.
Australia Defence Association executive director Neil James told ABC News 24 the attack might have been an inside job.
"The police suspect it might be someone with inside knowledge," he said.
"Certainly in the cases where military armouries have been robbed over the last few decades that's often been the case."
"The weapons have to remain onboard the vessel because the vessel might have to be scrambled for sea at very short notice and so there is a limit to the steps you can take to prevent something this like this happening."
Obias Feakin from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the theft would have required considerable planning.
"This one individual was able to get on board a vessel and understand where the particular weaponry was on board," he said.
"That would indicate a degree of knowledge in understanding these types of ships.
"The fact that they were able to tie up and apprehend a member of the Navy, again [means it was] a well-trained individual."
"If he made his way in by sea then that would indicate that perhaps there's a slight Achilles heel in terms of that part of the security operation up there in Darwin," he said.
The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has ordered an investigation into security on all Australian Navy ships and bases.

Stable doors and horses bolting come to mind!
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2012, 06:54:25 AM »

Again from the ABC News:
Northern Territory Police have recovered the weapons stolen from a navy patrol boat moored at HMAS Coonawarra.
Police say detectives for the Major and Serious Crime Squad raided a Darwin city unit about 2:30pm (ACST) this afternoon and recovered the two shotguns and 12 handguns which were stolen from the vessel.
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2012, 08:30:17 PM »

It wasn't Chief Petty Officer Pertwee was it?
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Re: Armidale Patrol boat raided
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2012, 08:48:11 AM »

It wasn't Chief Petty Officer Pertwee was it?

My money's on Leading Seaman Goldstein.
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