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Investigation Into Woman Overboard In Aussie Navy

DEFENCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS ORGANISATION

MEDIA RELEASE

DPAO 26/00 Friday, February 18, 2000

INVESTIGATION - INCIDENT ON HMAS NEWCASTLE

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral David Shackleton, said today an ongoing investigation into the circumstances which led to a female crew member of HMAS Newcastle being reported overboard in the early hours of 4 February has resulted in six navy personnel being disciplined for their involvement in the incident.

The investigation is being carried out by the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) and may lead to further serious charges being laid. The investigation is likely to be completed by next week.

In addition, the Maritime Commander, Rear Admiral John Lord, has initiated a Command, Leadership and Management Review into HMAS Newcastle. It is expected that this review will be completed in early March.

Vice Admiral Shackleton said that he had met with the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Mr Bruce Scott, today to brief the Minister on the progress of investigations into the incident and the steps being taken to reinforce his requirement for the highest standards of behaviour.

Mr Scott indicated he was satisfied with the Chief of Navy's handling of the matter.

Vice Admiral David Shackleton further said the Navy is committed to providing a safe and harmonious workplace for its personnel. The circumstances of this incident are contrary to Navy's values and work practices and have saddened the Navy community.

Further information:

Commander Rod Dudfield (0412) 628 274




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