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Chief Of Navy Visits Operation Resolute

Chief Of Navy Visits Operation Resolute

Australian Navy personnel serving on OP RESOLUTE are being paid a Christmas visit by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane, AM, CSM, RAN.

There are eight Navy patrol boats assigned to OP RESOLUTE, plus one ready to move at reduced notice. OP RESOLUTE is a tri-service operation, protecting Australian waters from unathorised boat arrivals and illegal fishing activities.

“As most Australians enjoy time with their families this holiday period, for many Navy members it is business as usual,” Vice Admiral Crane said.

“I am keen to make them aware of how much both I and other Australians appreciate their commitment.”

Also travelling with Chief of Navy is the Navy’s most senior sailor, Warrant Officer of the Navy Mark Tandy.

“This is my first visit to Darwin since taking on the role of Warrant Officer of the Navy, and I am very pleased to be able to visit our personnel in the Top End,” Warrant Officer Tandy said.

“Our people serving in Darwin are sometimes overlooked by the Australian public, but the work they do is vital to the protection of the country they so proudly serve.”

The ADF has recently increased the forces assigned to OP RESOLUTE to provide an enhanced surveillance and response capability. This is in response to several recent incidents of unauthorised boat arrivals and illegal fishing activities in Australia’s territorial waters.

One additional Armidale Class Patrol Boat has been assigned to the operation over Christmas. A further patrol boat is on standby to move at reduced notice.

The Royal Australian Navy’s vessels work hand-in-hand with other Government agencies. Each year they provide up to 3000 patrol days as part of Border Protection Command’s national surveillance effort.

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